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

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Trump reportedly paid adult film star not to speak out about alleged sexual encounter

An adult-film star was paid $130,000 by a lawyer for Donald Trump in the weeks before the 2016 election to not talk publicly about a sexual relationship with the then-Republican candidate, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Per The Wall Street Journal, Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen arranged for Stephanie Clifford (AKA Stormy Daniels) to received $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement she signed - one month before the 2016 election.

A White House official declined to comment to the Journal about the payment, but said that the allegations of the interaction between Trump and Clifford were "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

Clifford claims the sexual encounter with Trump occurred in 2006 after a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament. The company said the payment was for Clifford to write fitness columns. At the time, Trump would have been married to Melania Trump a little over a year and together they had their four-month-old son Barron.

Clifford threatened to renege on the deal after she said the payment wasn't being made quickly enough, WSJ reported.

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.

"I recently became aware that certain news outlets are alleging that I had a sexual and/or romantic affair with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago". "I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false", Clifford said in the letter".

Two sources at ABC News told CNN that Daniels was in touch with producers at ABC's "Good Morning America" in the fall of 2016 about a potential interview and was prepared to discuss Trump. "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 herself hasn't responded to the Journal's request for comment.

Daniels was charged with domestic violence battery following the incident. According to NBC San Diego, Clifford allegedly hit her husband multiple times after getting upset over unpaid bills.

Just two years later, in 2011, the adult-film star obtained a temporary restraining order against Mosny, claiming he attacked her and tried to steal her vehicle.

Sexual harassment and assault allegations against Trump from more than a dozen women surfaced during the campaign, and again during the rise of the "Me Too" movement.

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