Trump lawyer paid porn star $130k in hush money

Trump lawyer paid porn star $130k in hush money

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trumps personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn star to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a report Friday in the Wall Street Journal.

Michael Mosny, who also works in the adult film industry and who later became Clifford's second husband, told the Smoking Gun that she had dinner with Trump one night with Roethlisberger.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that longtime Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen oversaw the payment in the final days of the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Cohen did not address that claim in a statement to the Journal, but he denied the allegation that Mr Trump and Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, had a sexual encounter in 2006, the year after he married Melania. However, the official said allegations of a relationship between Trump and Clifford are "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

Clifford's attorney reportedly arranged a nondisclosure agreement with Cohen. He said both the president and Clifford have "vehemently" denied a sexual relationship.

He added, "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". Cohen also provided a statement to Buzzfeed that he said was signed by Stormy Daniels, denying reports of a sexual encounter with Trump. Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false.

In 2009, Clifford announced a potential campaign for Senate in her home state of Louisiana just two months before being arrested on a domestic violence charge in Tampa, Florida.

The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that Clifford was in talks with Good Morning America to talk about Trump just before the November 8, 2016 election. "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true", it said. In that article, the Journal reported the company that owns the National Enquirer agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model three months before the election for her story of an affair a decade earlier with the Republican presidential nominee, which the tabloid newspaper didn't publish.

Clifford's lawyer told the outlet he couldn't comment because of attorney-client privilege.

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. When the AP interviewed former crew members of The Apprentice about Trump's alleged inappropriate behavior on set, then-campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that these "outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever". The paper said it is not known whether Trump was aware of any agreement or payment.

Another adult-film star, Jessica Drake, later alleged in an October 2016 news conference that Trump kissed her and two other women without permission in a hotel suite after the same 2006 golf event. Mr. Cohen lashed at the Journal for releasing the report in his statement.

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