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

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President Donald Trump's longtime attorney denied that Trump had a sexual encounter with a porn star after a report by The Wall Street Journal on Friday alleged the lawyer helped facilitate a six-figure payment to the actress in October 2016 in exchange for her silence.

The Wall Street Journal reports Michael Cohen, who spent almost a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, made the payment to Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels.

But Clifford privately told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006.

Although a White House spokesperson refused to comment on the payment allegation, they did note that the liaison rumor about Stormy and Donnie was "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

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

Fox News published a letter that it said was written by Clifford and signed with "Stormy Daniels".

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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.

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. In it she also denied all allegations.

"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". "My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more".

The statement read in part: "Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false".

"When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional, and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence", the statement said. She reportedly chose not to appear on the show at that time without explanation. "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true". "She didn't respond to requests for comment", the Wall Street Journal reported. Later in 2009 she was arrested for domestic violence.

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 auto. His presidential bid also faced a major test in October 2016 when a 2005 "Access Hollywood" recording of Trump, boasting about grabbing women's genitals, was leaked to the Washington Post.

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