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Deal lets tabloid avoid U.S. charges over hush money in 2016 election

December 12, 2018 8:35 PM
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid newspaper has struck a deal with U.S. prosecutors to avoid charges over its role in paying hush money before the 2016 U.S. presidential election to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with President Donald Trump, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

As part of the deal, publisher American Media Inc (AMI) [AMRCM.UL] admitted that it made the $150,000 payment to the woman, Karen McDougal, “in concert” with Trump’s presidential campaign and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

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