President Donald Trump’s lawyer set up a $130,000 payment to a former porn star one month before the 2016 election in an effort to stop the woman from speaking about an alleged sexual encounter with the president, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Michael Cohen, a longtime lawyer for the Trump Organization, was reportedly the architect of the $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, a former adult-film start, in October 2016. Clifford alleges the sexual encounter with the president occurred in July 2006, when she and the president met at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.
Clifford received the payment through her lawyer, Keith Davidson. The sum was sent to to Davidson’s client-trust account at a bank in Los Angeles.
The president has denied ever having a sexual relationship with Clifford and the White House claims the story is nothing more than “old, recycled reports.”
“This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. 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 told The Wall Street Journal.
WSJ reported in November 2016 that the Clifford, known in the adult-film world as “Stormy Daniels,” was in discussions with ABC’s “Good Morning America” about potentially revealing her relationship with the president on live television.
Trump received a number of sexual harassment allegations while he campaigned for the presidency in 2016.
The most notable came when The Washington Post released a video of Trump’s lewd comments to Billy Bush, claiming he was so famous he could literally “grab” women “by the pussy.”
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