American Media Non Prosecution Agreement
In 2016, AMI paid Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 for exclusive rights to her charges of a 10-month affair with Donald Trump – allegedly in 2006-07, when he was already married to Melania, – but AMI never published the story. AMI publicly acknowledged making the payment after the Wall Street Journal revealed it days before the 2016 presidential election, but AMI denied that its purpose was to kill „harmful stories about” Trump; Instead, AMI claimed that he had paid only for „exclusive life rights to any relationship [McDougal] had with a married man at the time” and „two years of his fitness columns and magazine covers.”   In March 2018, McDougal filed a complaint to invalidate its confidentiality agreement with the MAI.   A month later, AMI settled his accounts with McDougal and allowed him to talk about the alleged affair.  In August 2018, it was reported that AMI CEO/President David Pecker and AMI PRESIDENT and CEO Howard Dylan would be granted immunity in exchange for their statements on Hush`s cash payments from Donald Trump`s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to influence the 2016 presidential election.  February 7, 2019, Bezos shared the emails he had received the day before in which AMI requested a public statement from him and his lawyer „in which they confirmed that they had no knowledge or reason that the coverage [of the sexual case] was influenced by AM or influenced by political forces, and an agreement that they cease to refer to such an eventuality.” Friend Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard and his lawyer Jon Fine threatened Bezos by saying that if Bezos did not respond immediately to their requests, AMI would publish selfies and sexts sent between Bezos and his girlfriend.  Bezos wrote that he would refuse to make this „specific lie” or otherwise participate in this blackmail case that „no real journalist would ever propose”.  „Of course, I don`t want personal photos published,” Bezos added, but he said he chose to „stand up, crush this newspaper and see what comes out.” But here is the thing that does not pursue the string chord also says that „it is understood […] If, after the date of the signing of this agreement, amI commits criminal offences or if the government finds that the MAI or its representatives knowingly provided false, incomplete or misleading statements or information, or if AMI violates a provision of this agreement, the MAI will then be prosecuted for a federal crime that is aware of it, including forgery and obstruction of justice.” American Media, Inc.