Trump lawyer arranged $130000 payment for porn star's silence

President Donald Trump. AP  PTI file

President Donald Trump. AP PTI file

Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, arranged a $130,000 payment to a leading porn star in return for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arranged the payment of $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, in October 2016.

Clifford has privately told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006, the year after he and Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump and Karen Pence visit Whataburger in Texas Melania Trump, Karen Pence to travel to Texas Melania rips report she didn't want to be first lady MORE were married.

"These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election", the White House told the Journal in a statement.

In statements to BuzzFeed News, Clifford and Cohen denied Trump and Clifford had a sexual encounter.

Cohen also accused the Journal of perpetuating "a false narrative for over a year".

Ms. Clifford allegedly complained after the agreement was finalized that she didn't receive the payment as rapidly as she expected to and threatened to nix it.

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In October 2016, The Smoking Gun reported on Trump's alleged relationship with Clifford, including a photo of the two together posted on Clifford's MySpace page.

A separate statement, which Cohen provided and said was signed by Stormy Daniels, said the adult film star's relationship with Trump did not go further than several public appearances. That report came days after the Washington Post released a video from a 2005 Access Hollywood recording in which Trump said he could grab women by the genitals because he was famous. "If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book".

Clifford wrote in the letter that when she met Trump, he was "gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence". "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true".

In 2009, Clifford announced a potential campaign for Senate in her home state of Louisiana just two months before being arrested on a domestic violence charge in Tampa, Florida.

An attorney whom the WSJ said had represented Ms Clifford declined to comment, citing attorney-client privilege. She was upset about the way their father-in-law did laundry and upset that her husband hadnt paid bills, according to Tampa Bay Times archives.

Trump has long rejected the accusations from over a dozen women who have made such claims against him.

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