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WSJ: Trump’s Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment to Porn Star in Exchange for Silence Over Alleged Affair

A lawyer for Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to former porn star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) one month before the 2016 election in order to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter between her and Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Michael Cohen came to an agreement with Clifford’s lawyer wherein the actress would sign a nondisclosure agreement in exchange for the money, sources told WSJ. The alleged encounter occurred about a year after Trump had married his current wife, Melania Trump. The payment reportedly took a while to go through, and at one point Clifford threatened to back our of the arrangement.

“These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” a White House official told the WSJ in response to the supposed Trump-Clifford affair.

“President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels,” Cohen added in a statement.

Cohen also sent a statement to WSJ signed by “Stormy Daniels” which includes the line, “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false.”

Trump and Clifford met at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Nevada in 2006. Clifford, who was there on behalf of Wicked Pictures, posed for photos with several players. This was rumored to be the start of an affair between the two. From The Smoking Gun:

The photo op between the married billionaire and the porn star would be the start of a relationship that would prompt whispers in the adult film community, according to TSG sources. In fact, Clifford confided to friends that she engaged in a sexual affair with Trump, whom she claimed had promised to help her get cast on “The Apprentice” or another TV show.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that Clifford, who briefly considered a political career of her own, has privately discussed the alleged 2006 encounter with Trump. Back in November 2016, WSJ reported that Clifford was in talks to go public with her story on Good Morning America, but eventually backed out.

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