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Trump paid porn star $130000 to stay silent over alleged affair

Trump paid porn star $130000 to stay silent over alleged affair

President Donald Trump's longtime attorney denied that Trump had a sexual encounter with a porn star after a report by The Wall Street Journal on Friday alleged the lawyer helped facilitate a six-figure payment to the actress in October 2016 in exchange for her silence.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Trump attorney Michael Cohen arranged for the payment of $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford as part of a nondisclosure agreement.

A separate statement, which Cohen provided and said was signed by Stormy Daniels, said the adult film star's relationship with Trump did not go further than several public appearances.

The alleged consensual sexual encounter between Trump and Clifford is said to have taken place after the pair met at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament in July of that year.

He had married his current wife Melania a year before, and she was pregnant with Barron at the time of the alleged affair.

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A White House official told Wall Street Journal that the allegations of a sexual encounter between Trump and the Daniels were "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election". Clifford privately told sources about her past sexual relations with Trump.

Numerous women have accused Mr Trump of unwanted sexual advances, allegations Mr Trump has consistently rejected as false. The payment was later made through her lawyer Keith Davidson with money sent to his client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles. The Journal did not confirm whether Trump knew about an agreement with or payment to Clifford.

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels appears during an autograph signing for Wicked Pictures at the 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas on January 20, 2012. "She didn't respond to requests for comment", the Journal reported.

"Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false", Cohen and Clifford's statement read. According to NBC San Diego, Clifford allegedly hit her husband multiple times after getting upset over unpaid bills. According to the report, she cut off contact with ABC. "I don't have a way to get in touch with her", she said. The official did not comment on reports of a settlement being paid out. Stormy Daniels, to receive $130,000 in October 2016, right around the time of the "Access Hollywood" tape.