Trump Lawyer Paid Porn Actress $130000 For Silence Just Before Election

Michael Cohen, a longtime Trump Organization attorney, put together the payment in October to Stephanie Clifford - known in the adult film industry as Stormy Daniels - after a negotiation with her attorney, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

People familiar with the matter told the Journal that Cohen, the longtime head of the Trump Organization's legal department, worked out a nondisclosure agreement with Clifford's attorney to keep the matter quiet past year.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford claims that in 2006 she had sexual relations with Trump after a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.

For the record, Trump married current wife Melania in 2005. When Daniels' lawyer, Keith Davidson, was asked to comment on the case, he refused to on the grounds of attorney-client privilege.

A separate statement sent to the Journal by Cohen and signed by "Stormy Daniels" denies both the affair and the payment.

In a statement to the Journal, Cohen did not address his role in negotiating the supposed payment but said Trump denies any such relationship with Clifford.

Before the latest report, The Journal also alleged that Clifford had discussed appearing on "Good Morning America" to talk about Trump in the fall of 2016. "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".

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The newspaper also published a photo of Clifford with Trump, which it said had been uploaded to her Myspace account in 2006.

Trump - who has faced sexual misconduct accusations from more than a dozen women during the presidential race - has denied any wrongdoing in the past. She claimed, Daniels wanted to introduce Evans to the President.

But on Friday night, another porn star, Alana Evans, shed some light on the matter, telling The Daily Beast that Daniels told her one day after the alleged tryst that Trump had chased her around a hotel room "in his tighty-whities".

Trump's comments came behind closed doors while meeting with officials about immigration, U.S. media reports.

White House too wasn't far behind when it came to rubbishing the report and blasted in a statement to The Guardian.

The White House denied to comment on the report by The Wall Street Journal.

  • Carlos Nash