Trump lawyers deny ‘hush money’ payment to porn star

Porn star Stormy Daniels

A former top Trump lawyer has denied arranging payment to silence a porn star linked to the US President.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, US time, that Stephanie Clifford also known as Stormy Daniels, received a $US130,000 ($164,000) payment one month before the 2016 election that was part of an agreement to keep her from publicly discussing a sexual encounter she claimed to have had with Trump in 2006.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that Michael Cohen, who was a top lawyer at the Trump Organisation, arranged the payment to Clifford after her lawyer negotiated a non-disclosure agreement.

Billed as Stormy Daniels in her videos, she said the encounter with Trump took place in July 2006 after a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, The Journal reported. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.

In a statement to the paper, Cohen said of the alleged sexual encounter that “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

He added, “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.”

The payment was made to Clifford through her lawyer, Keith Davidson, with funds sent to Davidson’s client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles, The Journal reported.

Cohen also sent a two-paragraph statement by email addressed “To whom it may concern” and signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying a “sexual and/or romantic affair” with Trump, The Journal said.


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