Lawyer Reportedly Paid Porn Star Hush Money for Sexual Encounter With Trump

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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is a former adult-film star who allegedly had a sexual encounter with Trump.

According to the report, Cohen, who's been Trump's top lawyer at the Trump organization for almost a decade, arranged the deliver the cash to Stephanie Clifford - known in the adult industry as Stormy Daniels - in October 2016, after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Cohen. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.

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

Clifford did not respond to the WSJ's request for comment, but Cohen sent the paper a two-paragraph statement by email addressed "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN" and signed by "Stormy Daniels" denying that she had a "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Trump.

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

However, sources close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal that there were problems once the alleged agreement were made - namely, that the payment didn't come quickly enough, and threats were made to terminate the deal. The company said she was paid to write fitness columns and appear on magazine covers.

The Trump campaign denied any affair and American Media Inc, which owns the Enquirer, said: "AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr Trump".

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

The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that Clifford was in talks with Good Morning America to talk about Trump just before the November 8, 2016 election.

Clifford's lawyer told the outlet he couldn't comment because of attorney-client privilege.

In October 2016, the Washington Post published a videotape made, but never aired, by NBC's "Access Hollywood" in which Trump spoke of groping women. When the AP interviewed former crew members of The Apprentice about Trump's alleged inappropriate behavior on set, then-campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that these "outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever".

Cohen worked at the Trump Organisation from 2007 until after the election.

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Clifford would have addressed her relationship with Trump in connection with a report about the National Enquirer paying a former Playboy Playmate $150,000 for her story on an alleged affair she had with Trump. Mr. Cohen lashed at the Journal for releasing the report in his statement.

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