A former Republican National Committee official is reportedly withholding payments to a former Playboy model because he claims she broke the terms of their non-disclosure agreement brokered by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer.
Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for the RNC, reached the deal with the model Shera Bechard in 2017 and allegedly agreed to pay her $1.6 million in eight installments, beginning in December 2017, in exchange for silence about an affair and out-of-wedlock pregnancy with the married man, The Wall Street Journal reported in April.
Broidy, who resigned from his post at the RNC following reports by TheWSJ of his affair and hush-money payoffs, was formerly the vice chairman for the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party during the 2016 elections, where he met Cohen. He raised over $108 million for the party and donated over $160,000 to the RNC in 2017.
Bechard’s lawyer Keith Davidson, who was also previously porn star Stormy Daniels’s lawyer, allegedly discussed the NDA with Michael Avenatti, the attorney who took over for him to represent Daniels in a similar case involving an alleged affair between the adult film actress and Trump. (RELATED: STORMY SUES, Wants To Tell All About Alleged Trump Affair)
“Elliott specifically was paying for confidentiality that would shield his family from the embarrassing mistake he made,” Chris Clark, Broidy’s attorney, said to TheWSJ. “We can prove there was an intentional breach that renders the contract null and void.”
Broidy did not pay Bechard the $200,000 she was owed on Sunday.
Peter Stris, Bechard’s current lawyer, said he would “take immediate action” to defend her from “any inappropriate conduct by Keith Davidson, Michael Avenatti, or Elliott Broidy.”
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