Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump rep, former porn star deny 'hush money' claims

Trump rep, former porn star deny 'hush money' claims

News broke Friday that a lawyer for Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former porn star one month before the 2016 election, reportedly in an effort to buy her silence about an alleged sexual encounter that occurred at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament in 2006.

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.

Cohen also released a statement signed by "Stormy Daniels" denying that she has a "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Mr. Trump, who married his wife Melania in 2005.

A White House official said in a statement: "These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

Cohen also told the Journal that Trump "once again vehemently denies" the encounter, but didn't comment on the alleged payment, reports The Hill.

Last year, the WSJ broke the story that the company that owns the National Enquirer agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, three months before the election for her story about an alleged affair she says happened a decade earlier with Trump, which the supermarket tabloid newspaper then shelved.

The first report about Clifford in the Wall Street Journal also alluded to an abrupt end to her alleged talks with ABC. "It would be surprising, but not shocking", said Mosny, who added that Trump may have dangled the opportunity to Clifford of appearing on "The Apprentice".

According to Fox News, Clifford was considering an appearance on "Good Morning America" in fall 2016 to discuss Trump. Their friendship included Trump calling their Los Angeles home and inviting her to parties that featured people like his son Donald Trump Jr. and Kim Kardashian, as well as events, like the 2007 Miss USA pageant. Cohen denies the sexual encounter took place.

"I did not sign [a nondisclosure agreement], nor have I received any money for coming forward", Drake said this week in an emailed statement. If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true". The official declined to respond to questions about an agreement with Clifford. When the White House was asked if all the women who had accused Trump of sexual assault and harassment since 1980 were liars, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that yes, they were.

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