Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payout to Adult Film Actress in 2016 (Report)
A top lawyer for the Trump Organization negotiated the nondisclosure agreement in October 2016, a month before the 2016 election.
A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a adult film actress in October 2016 as part of a nondisclosure agreement preventing her from talking about an alleged encounter with Trump, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal.
The adult film star, Stephanie Clifford (stage name: Stormy Daniels), has "privately alleged" that a sexual encounter took place after she met Trump at a golf tournament at Lake Tahoe in 2006, some time after Trump married Melania Knauss in 2005.
Lawyer Michael Cohen, who was a top lawyer at the Trump Organization for years and remains a personal attorney for Trump, negotiated the nondisclosure agreement in October 2016, a month before the 2016 election, the Journal reported. The Journal did not confirm whether Trump knew about an agreement with or payment to Clifford.
In November 2016, the Journal reported that Clifford had been in talks for months to appear on Good Morning America in the fall of 2016 to discuss Trump.
However, by November, "Ms. Clifford cut off contact with the network without telling her story. She didn’t respond to requests for comment," the Journal reported.
In a statement to the Journal, a White House spokesperson denied the existence of a payout. “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” the representative said.
Of the sexual encounter, Cohen said in a statement, “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.” Cohen did not address the alleged $130,000 payment. He also sent the Journal an email signed "Stormy Daniels" whose writer denied receiving "hush money" from Trump.