Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Porn star, Trump quash $130k 'hush money' claims

Porn star, Trump quash $130k 'hush money' claims

A lawyer for the president, Michael Cohen, reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to prevent an adult film star from talking during the election about an alleged consensual sexual encounter she had with Donald Trump in 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Wall Street Journal reports Michael Cohen, who spent almost a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, made the payment to Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels.

Letter from Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, denying allegations of any sexual encounter with Donald Trump.

"These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

Cohen told the Journal in a statement that Trump "once again vehemently denies" the encounter, but did not comment on the alleged $130,00 payment.

The first report about Clifford in the Wall Street Journal also alluded to an abrupt end to her alleged talks with ABC. In a 2016 news conference, adult-film star Jessica Drake claimed that Trump kissed her and two other women without their consent at the same golf event that same year. It's said Stephanie was 27-years-old at the time of the hookup, which supposedly took place at Lake Tahoe.

"This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client", Cohen said in the statement.

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Cohen and the White House denied both the affair and the settlement. "You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011".

A White House official declined to comment on the Journal's report. "I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false", she wrote. Clifford was one of the most popular adult actresses in the country when she met Mr. Trump in 2006 at a golf championship in Nevada. The report said that she eventually got the payment through her lawyer Keith Davidson, and that funds were transferred to a client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles.

The deal would have been reached around the same time a leaked recording revealed the now-infamous lewd comments Trump made on the set of "Access Hollywood" in 2005.

Cohen worked at the Trump Organisation from 2007 until after the election. He offered $10,000 and his private jet for a sexual encounter, according to Drake.

"I love Trump. I think he's great", Weimer said.

"I did not sign [a nondisclosure agreement], nor have I received any money for coming forward", Drake said this week in an emailed statement.

Ms. Clifford allegedly complained after the agreement was finalized that she didn't receive the payment as rapidly as she expected to and threatened to nix it.

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