April 10, 2019 8:43 pm

Scandal-hit tabloid National Enquirer put up for sale by parent company

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The supermarket tabloid under fire for paying hush money to a former Playboy model to help Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign is on the auction block.

The parent of the National Enquirer said Wednesday that it is exploring a possible sale as part of a “strategic review” of its tabloid business. The decision by American Media comes after the tabloid said it paid $150,000 to keep Karen McDougal quiet about an alleged affair with Trump and being accused by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos of blackmail.

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American Media agreed in August to co-operate with federal prosecutors looking into campaign violations in exchange for immunity.

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American Media recently refinanced hundreds of millions of dollars of debt after years of heavy borrowing and acquisitions.

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