Trump lawyer arranged hush money payment to porn star

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A lawyer for President Donald Trump reportedly paid a former adult film star more than $130,000 a month before the 2016 presidential election to keep her from publicly disclosing a sexual encounter with Trump. According to NBC San Diego, Clifford allegedly hit her husband multiple times after getting upset over unpaid bills.

The outlet reports adult film star Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, got $130,000 in 2016, shortly before Trump was elected president.

She privately spoke about a consensual encounter she had with Trump in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.

On Friday afternoon, the White House issued a statement calling the Journal's story "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

Cohen added in the statement, addressed to The Wall Street Journal: "This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client".

An attorney for Mr Cohen did not respond to The Independent's request for comment, but Mr Cohen said in a statement to the Journal that "President Trump once again vehemently denies" having had a sexual encounter with Ms Clifford.

"'Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false, ' the statement said".

Cohen also released a statement to Fox News, denying the claims.

The payment, the Journal reports, was made through Clifford's attorney, Keith Davidson.

While the question of whether or not Trump had a consensual affair with an adult film actress may be juicy gossip, it isn't almost as pressing as whether Clifford was paid by top Trump lawyers to keep quiet (Clifford had reportedly previously discussed revealing her relationship on ABC's Good Morning America.) What's more, the reports fit into a larger patter of the president denying alleged encounters - both consensual and non-consensual - and going as far as to smear those women and call them liars.

Two sources at ABC News told CNN that Daniels was in touch with producers at ABC's "Good Morning America" in the fall of 2016 about a potential interview and was prepared to discuss Trump.

Clifford and her lawyer did not comment. He offered $10,000 and his private jet for a sexual encounter, according to Drake.

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.

Numerous women have accused Mr Trump of unwanted sexual advances, allegations Mr Trump has consistently rejected as false.

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