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DONALD Trump’s lawyer says he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn star who claimed she had an affair with the US president.
Michael Cohen – who has held several executive positions at the Trump Organisation – said he was not reimbursed by his client’s companies or campaign for the payment to Stormy Daniels.
Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, had claimed she had a sexual encounter with Trump at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament months after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.
In a statement to the New York Times, Cohen wrote: “The payment to Ms Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
He refused to answer follow-up questions. They included whether Trump had been aware of the payment, why he made it and whether he had made similar payments to other people.
But he described a complaint that he violated election finance laws as “factually unsupported”.
In January, In Touch magazine published a 2011 interview with Daniels detailing her Trump affair claims. At the end of last month, a statement was issued in her name, rejecting the allegations.
But she later appeared to disown it, saying she did not know where it came from and the signature did not look like hers.