Porn star paid $130K to keep quiet about Trump sexual relationship

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A porn star paid $130,000 by lawyer Michael Cohen in the weeks before the 2016 election to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Stephanie Gregory Clifford is known by her professional name Stormy Daniels.

As part of the alleged deal, adult star Stephanie Clifford agreed to not speak publicly about an encounter at Lake Tahoe, California. The alleged incident occurred at a hotel in Lake Tahoe during the July 2006, a year after he married his third wife, Melania. Jessica Drake, an adult film actress and director, says Trump grabbed her, kissed her and offered her $10,000 for sex at the same golf tournament.

Michael Cohen, who was a lawyer for the Trump Organization at the time, did not directly address the latest report of the payment, but said “these rumors have circulated time and again since 2011.”

“Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels,” he said.

According to the reports, Clifford has privately alleged the encounter took place after the two met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. That’s a year after Trump married his third wife, Melania. The Journal previously reported that Clifford had been in talks with Good Morning America in the fall of 2016 about an appearance to discuss Trump, also citing people familiar with the matter.

Clifford did not comment directly to the Journal, and Clifford’s lawyer declined to comment.

Cohen also responded with a photograph of an undated letter signed by the porn star, denying the affair and reports of any payoff for her silence.

“Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false. If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn’t be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true,” it said.

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