Trump rep, former porn star deny 'hush money' claims

Newsweek

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.

According to the report, Cohen, who's been Trump's top lawyer at the Trump organization for almost a decade, arranged to 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.

Apparently, Miz Clifford alleged to sources vetted by the WSJ that she and POTUS had a sexual encounter in 2006, a year after the businessman Wednesday Melania Trump.

A White House official told the Wall Street Journal: "These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

The woman, who was identified by the Journal as Ms. Stephanie Clifford, reportedly agreed to remain silent and refrain from publicly discussing her sexual encounter with Trump after her attorney discussed the agreement with Mr. Cohen.

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

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The first report about Clifford in the Wall Street Journal also alluded to an abrupt end to her alleged talks with ABC. According to the Journals report, Clifford began talking with ABC News in the fall of 2016 for a story involving an alleged relationship with Trump, but reached a $130,000 deal a month before the election, which prevented her from going public.

The president's lawyer also attached a statement signed by "Stormy Daniels" that said the actress did not have a "sexual and/or romantic affair" with Trump.

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".

"'Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false, ' the statement said". "But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true".

Clifford herself hasn't responded to the Journal's request for comment. She was arrested July 25, 2009, on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery that was later dropped. She was 27 years old at the time, and Mr. Trump would have just turned 60.

Her then-husband, Michael Mosny, told Tampa police that she hit him several times and was upset "about the way the clothes had been done" and then "got more upset about some bills that had not been paid". In the tape, Trump said he could grab women "by the p-".

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