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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.


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