Exclusive – Ex-tabloid publisher David Pecker, witness at Trump trial, was the target of “swatting

Exclusive – Ex-tabloid publisher David Pecker, witness at Trump trial, was the target of “swatting
Exclusive – Ex-tabloid publisher David Pecker, witness at Trump trial, was the target of “swatting

Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, who testified at Donald Trump’s criminal trial last month, was the target of a fake emergency the same day he took the stand in New York, court documents show. police consulted by Reuters.

The April 25 incident of swatting, which has never been reported, or filing a false report to trigger a potentially dangerous response, is part of a wave of violent threats made in recent years against American officials and other public figures.

A person calling himself “Jamal” claimed in an email to a local newspaper that he tied up his wife in the basement and killed her lover. Jamal listed the address of the crime as Pecker’s home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“I really screwed up,” Jamal wrote. “Help me please”.

The Greenwich police incident report states that when police were alerted to the email, they already knew Mr. Pecker’s home address because he was “involved in a high-profile lawsuit “.

“A check… revealed no emergency,” said the report, which was seen by Reuters following a records request. “The email was likely an attempt at proxy swatting. Reuters was unable to confirm whether any arrests were made.

This appears to be the first report of attempted swatting against a person testifying in the Republican presidential candidate’s 12-day dark money trial.

On the day of the swatting attempt, Mr. Pecker said he had argued with Mr. Trump and his former lawyer before the 2016 presidential election over who should buy the silence of women who said they had sex. sexual with Mr. Trump.

It does not appear that Mr. Pecker was at home at the time of the incident, which the police report places at 4:44 p.m.

Elkan Abramowitz, Mr. Pecker’s lawyer, declined to comment.

Reuters reviewed several emergency calls to authorities about hoaxes across the United States, from a person identified only as “Jamal” who called police to say he had killed his wife.

The hoax email sent by “Jamal” about Mr. Pecker’s home came from [email protected], according to the Greenwich police report, which describes the email address as untraceable. .

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