Ari Emanuel was once Trump's agent when the 45th President of the United States played on the reality show "The Apprentice." Emanuel is said to have introduced American Media Inc. chief David Pecker publisher of the National Enquirer, to Kacy Grine a French-born financial advisor to Prince Alaweed bin Talal. Grine and Pecker had dinner at the White House with Trump in July 2017. That year Bin Talal was held in detention along with several other Saudi royal billionaires on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman . In 1
991, Bin Talal helped to bail one deep into Trump's debt, and bought his yacht. Four years later, he took a 51% stake in the Plaza Hotel in New York City, owned by Trump. Last year, AMI published fawning glossy magazine New Kingdom, celebrating the Crown Prince and his Vision 2030 financial plan. Grine wrote the only bylined article in the publication. Last year, AMI
admitted to paying $ 150,000 in hush-money to former Playboy layman Karen McDougal to destroy her story of an alleged sexual affair with Trump in exchange for a non-persecution agreement with the US law firm in the South District of New York. Federal prosecutors are looking at whether AMI violated a recent deal where AMI promised not to commit crimes for three years.