Chris Scardino, an 18-year veteran of American Media, was named president of A360 Media, the New York-based unit that may home American Media’s former titles, which additionally embody Us Weekly, Life & Type and OK! Pecker will function an “government advisor” to the corporate’s A360 Media division, Speed up stated.
Below Pecker, the Nationwide Enquirer for years buried doubtlessly embarrassing tales about Trump and different favored celebrities by shopping for the rights to them and by no means publishing. The observe was often called “catch-and-kill.”
The Related Press reported Pecker saved a protected within the Enquirer’s workplace that held paperwork on buried tales, together with these involving Trump.
American Media admitted it had paid $150,000 to maintain former Playboy mannequin Karen McDougal quiet about an alleged affair with Trump to assist his 2016 presidential marketing campaign. Trump has denied an affair.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan agreed in 2018 to not prosecute American Media in trade for its cooperation in a marketing campaign finance investigation. That probe finally led to a three-year jail time period for Trump’s former private lawyer Michael Cohen.
Cohen is finishing the final two years of a three-year jail sentence at house after pleading responsible to marketing campaign finance costs and mendacity to Congress.