Arnie, Tiger Woods and Mark Wahlberg: The celebrities dragged into Trump’s hush cash trial | EUROtoday

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A string of well-known names have been dragged into Donald Trump’s historic legal trial, after 4 days of testimony from the previous writer of the grocery store tabloid The National Enquirer.

David Pecker turned the primary witness to take the stand within the former president’s New York hush cash trial this week, laying out a so-called “catch-and-kill” scheme on the centre of the case.

Mr Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying enterprise data to hide a $130,000 cost made to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels to make sure her silence about an alleged sexual encounter she claims she had with Mr Trump in 2006. Mr Trump denies each the affair and any wrongdoing, pleading not responsible to all the prices towards him and routinely insisting that he’s the sufferer of a “witch hunt.

During his time on the stand, Mr Pecker testified about the alleged plan to buy and then suppress negative stories about Mr Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Among the stories Mr Pecker testified he had a hand in killing were a bogus allegation originating from a former Trump Tower doorman that Mr Trump had an illegitimate child with a maid who worked at the building as well as a story about an alleged nine-month affair with former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

While laying out his involvement in the alleged scheme to protect Mr Trump’s reputation and offering a glimpse into the practice of so-called “chequebook journalism”, the tabloid mogul additionally name-dropped quite a few different well-known figures. None of the celebrities named are accused of any wrongdoing in connection to the case.

Here’s a have a look at the well-known faces who’ve cropped up within the trial testimony to this point:

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger poses during the event ‘Special Dinner for Climate Action’ in January 2024
Arnold Schwarzenegger poses through the occasion ‘Special Dinner for Climate Action’ in January 2024 (APA/EXPA/AFP/Getty)

The legendary bodybuilder and film star, who was Mr Trump’s successor because the host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, was name-dropped throughout Mr Pecker’s testimony on 25 April.

According to Mr Pecker, the writer had an analogous settlement with Schwarzenegger when he was operating to be California’s governor to the one he later allegedly struck with Mr Trump.

“I plan on running for governor and I would like you to not publish any negative stories about me now and in the future, and I’ll continue being the editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex [magazines] and be a spokesperson,” Mr Pecker recalled Schwarzenegger telling him on the time.

He continued: “The agreement I had with Arnold was, I would call him and advise him of any stories that were out there. And I ended up acquiring and buying them for a period of time.”

After Schwarzenegger was elected governor in 2003, a lady whose story had been acquired by the Enquirer’s father or mother firm American Media Inc took her accusation to The Los Angeles Timeswhich printed it.

“It was very embarrassing,” Mr Pecker testified. “Most of the press approached Arnold when he was governor. And his comment was: ‘Ask my friend David Pecker.’” The ensuing ordeal, he mentioned “made me sensitive about buying any stories in the future. That’s how I became sensitive about this topic.”

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods waves after his final round at the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club Sunday in April 2024
Tiger Woods waves after his remaining spherical on the Masters golf event at Augusta National Golf Club Sunday in April 2024 (AP)

During cross-examination from Mr Trump’s lawyer Emile Bove, Mr Pecker testified that he had additionally bought pictures of golf celebrity Tiger Woods assembly a lady in a Florida car parking zone in 2007.

He mentioned he had then used the images as leverage to influence Woods to look on the duvet of his title Men’s Fitness.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg attends the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix’s Me Time in 2022
Mark Wahlberg attends the Los Angeles premiere of Netflix’s Me Time in 2022 (Getty)

Mark Wahlberg’s title additionally cropped up throughout Mr Pecker’s testimony.

The writer testified that he had purchased a narrative about an argument between The Departed star and his spouse that was by no means printed.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams on the tennis court in Eastbourne, UK, in 2018
Serena Williams on the tennis court docket in Eastbourne, UK, in 2018 (Gareth Fuller/PA)

The tennis celebrity was one other suprise title to be talked about on the trial when she was alluded to within the testimony of Trump’s former White House govt assistant Madeleine Westerhout.

Ms Westerhout was requested about well-known individuals Mr Trump continuously spoke to by cellphone, naming the Wimbledon legend alongside different acquainted Trumpworld varieties as Michael Cohen and Allen Weisselberg and media figures together with Bill O’Reilly, Jeanine Pirro, Joe Scarborough and the aforementioned Mr Pecker.

The Independent has contacted representatives for Schwarzenegger, Woods, Wahlberg and Wiliams for remark.