Trump at­tor­ney paid $130,000 of own money to porn star

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WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump’s per­sonal lawyer told the New York Times Tues­day he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who once said she had an af­fair with Mr. Trump.

The at­tor­ney, Michael Co­hen, said that he was not re­im­bursed for the pay­ment to the ac­tress, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford and goes by Stormy Daniels, the Times said.

Mr. Co­hen told the news­pa­per the pay­ment was le­gal, and he de­clined to give de­tails such as why he made it.

“Nei­ther the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion nor the Trump cam­paign was a party to the trans­ac­tion with Ms. Clif­ford, and nei­ther re­im­bursed me for the pay­ment, ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly,” Mr. Co­hen said, ac­cord­ing to the Times.

“The pay­ment to Ms. Clif­ford was law­ful, and was not a cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion or a cam­paign ex­pen­di­ture by any­one.”

US me­dia re­ports have said the pay­ment was made one month be­fore the Novem­ber 2016 elec­tion to keep the li­ai­son quiet.

Mr. Trump was a pri­vate cit­i­zen when the 2006 sex­ual en­counter with Ms. Clif­ford al­legedly took place.

Mr. Trump was mar­ried at the time and his wife, Me­la­nia, had given birth to their son less than four months ear­lier.

The pay­ment was first re­ported last month by the Wall Street Jour­nal.

Mr. Trump, through his lawyers, and Ms. Clif­ford, 38, have both de­nied any­thing ever went on be­tween them.

But In Touch mag­a­zine pub­lished a 2011 in­ter­view with Ms. Daniels last month in which she ex­pounds at length and in de­tail on their re­la­tion­ship and what she de­scribed as their “text­book generic” sex.

AFP

ADULT FILM ac­tress/di­rec­tor Stormy Daniels at­tends the 2018 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino on Jan. 27 in Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada.

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