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More Trump scandals: alleged porn-star payoff

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click to enlarge TRUMP AND CLIFFORD: A 2006 photo from the adult film star's MySpace account. - VIA WALL STREET JOURNAL
  • Via Wall Street Journal
  • TRUMP AND CLIFFORD: A 2006 photo from the adult film star's MySpace account.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.

Michael Cohen, who spent nearly a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, arranged payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen.

According to the Journal's sources, Clifford, who performs as Stormy Daniels, alleged that the encounter took place in 2006 after a celebrity golf tournament, a year after Trump was married to his current wife, Melania.

In a statement to the Journal, Cohen didn't comment on the payout but said that the president denied ever having a a sexual encounter with Clifford.

The payout was made as Clifford was discussing sharing her story on ABC's "Good Morning America," according to the Journal and to a followup report in the New York Times, which states that she was also discussing the possibility with Slate:

The reported payment came shortly before the presidential election and as the actress, Stephanie Clifford, 38, was discussing sharing her account with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the online magazine Slate, according to interviews, notes and text messages reviewed by The New York Times.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the online magazine Slate, according to interviews, notes and text messages reviewed by The New York Times:

The reported payment came shortly before the presidential election and as the actress, Stephanie Clifford, 38, was discussing sharing her account with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the online magazine Slate, according to interviews, notes and text messages reviewed by The New York Times.

Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group, said on Friday that in a series of interviews with Ms. Clifford in August and October 2016, she told him she had an affair with Mr. Trump after meeting him at a 2006 celebrity golf tournament. She told him that Michael D. Cohen, a lawyer for Mr. Trump, had agreed during the presidential campaign to pay her the $130,000 if she kept the relationship secret, Mr. Weisberg said, adding that Ms. Clifford had told him she was tempted to go public because the lawyer was late in making the payment and she feared he might back out of their agreement.

In a text message exchange that Mr. Weisberg provided to The Times, he pressed her on details of the agreement.

“Was the Trump lawyer Michael Cohen?” he asked.

“Yep!” responded Ms. Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels.

She forwarded Mr. Weisberg a draft amendment to the original agreement in which the parties were referred to by pseudonyms. Mr. Weisberg shared it with The Times.



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