Trump Lawyer Arranged $130K Payment for Adult Star's Silence

Trump Lawyer Arranged $130K Payment for Adult Star's Silence

U.S. President Donald Trump paid a former adult film star $130,000 so that she keeps quiet about a short-lived affair the two had in 2006, the Wall Street Journal claimed in a report released Friday.

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.

Clifford and Trump's attorney Michael Cohen-a former attorney for the Trump Organization-arranged the $130,000 along with a nondisclosure agreement. That's a year after Trump married his third wife, Melania.

"These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election", a White House official said, responding to the allegation of a sexual encounter involving Trump and Clifford. Cohen later sent the paper an email statement, signed by "Stormy Daniels", denying a "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Trump.

He added, "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 also told the Journal that Trump "once again vehemently denies" the encounter, but didn't comment on the alleged payment, reports The Hill.

"Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false", said the statement. When the White House was asked if all the women who had accused Trump of sexual assault and harassment since 1980 were liars, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that yes, they were.

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A photograph from Ms Clifford's MySpace account shows her posing with Mr Trump and was reportedly taken in July 2006. "I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false", Clifford said in the letter".

The reported payment to Clifford would also not be the first time that Trump has settled out of court with a woman in relation to allegations of sexual impropriety. "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true". "Attorney-client privilege prohibits me from commenting on my clients' legal matters".

The deal would have been reached around the same time a leaked recording revealed the now-infamous lewd comments Trump made on the set of "Access Hollywood" in 2005.

Trump denied all allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct and apologised at the time for his remarks on the tape, calling them locker-room banter.

Cohen has surfaced in a Trump-related controversy before.

The Smoking Gun said Trump was among an-80 player field that included star athletes like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, as well as entertainers such as Ray Romano and Cheech Marin.

Another adult-film star, Jessica Drake, later alleged in an October 2016 news conference that Trump kissed her and two other women without permission in a hotel suite after the same 2006 golf event.

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