Trump's lawyer arranged $130K payment to adult film star as hush money

14 January, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Trump lawyer arranged hush money payment to porn star - report

A lawyer for President Donald Trump reportedly paid a former adult film star more than $130,000 a month before the 2016 presidential election to keep her from publicly disclosing a sexual encounter with Trump.

The president has denied ever having a sexual relationship with Clifford and the White House claims the story is nothing more than "old, recycled reports".

In statements sent to The Wall Street Journal, both the White House and Cohen strongly denied any sexual incident between Trump and Clifford, but made no reference to a payment to the actress, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.

While Cohen did not specifically address the sum in his statement to the Journal, he denied the report and provided a statement signed by Daniels denying that she received money in exchange for her silence.

An attorney whom the WSJ said had represented Ms Clifford declined to comment, citing attorney-client privilege. Clifford was also reportedly considering a Good Morning America appearance to discuss the affair at-length.

Stormy has not spoken directly to any news outlets, but Cohen released a statement from her, dated two days before the story came out.

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The alleged payment was made around the time the Access Hollywood tape leaked in October 2016. Cohen also accused the Journal of perpetuating "a false narrative for over a year". Trump married Melania Trump in 2005. At the time, she said she was a Republican.

It was not confirmed whether the president was aware of an agreement with Ms. Clifford or payment that was provided to her.

The Wall Street Journal's report was based on interviews with "people familiar with the matter" and did not claim to have seen any physical proof of the agreement.

Porn star Jessica Drake has also claimed to have had an encounter with Trump at the same golf event as the affair reported by the Journal. She goes on recalling, "Stormy said she met Donald Trump and then tells me about the golf tournament and how she's supposed to hang out with him later that night, and she invited me".

The next day Evans asked Clifford how her night was. In it, he says: "You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful-I just start kissing them".

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