Trump Lawyer Set $130000 Hush-Money Payout to Porn Star, WSJ Reports

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn star to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal.

According to Fox News, Clifford was considering an appearance on "Good Morning America" in fall 2016 to discuss Trump.

Michael Cohen, who spent almost a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organisation, arranged payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Cohen, these people said, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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.

However, the official said allegations of a relationship between Trump and Clifford are "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election". Afterward, Trump met with Clifford and two other women in a hotel suite, where he kissed them, the Journal reported.

Cohen called the allegations of an affair "outlandish" and "a false narrative". "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 added.

In addition to his own response, Cohen passed along a two-paragraph statement via email signed by "Stormy Daniels" denying any sort "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Trump.

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"When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete GENTLEMAN to me and everyone in my presence", the statement says.

Cohen and the White House denied both the affair and the settlement.

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.

An attorney whom the WSJ said had represented Ms Clifford declined to comment, citing attorney-client privilege. Clifford was 27 years old at the time of the alleged encounter in Lake Tahoe.

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Earlier this week, Mr Cohen filed defamation lawsuits against the opposition research firm Fusion GPS and the news outlet BuzzFeed over a dossier, published by BuzzFeed, that laid out Mr Trump's potential ties to Russian Federation and included salacious claims about Mr Trump's sexual history.

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