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One of President Donald Trump’s lawyers is being accused of paying a former adult-film star $130,000 to stay quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. According to the Wall Street Journal report, that payment was allegedly arranged just one month before the 2016 election.
The lawyer, Michael Cohen, allegedly made the payment arrangements for Stephanie Clifford. In exchange, a nondisclosure agreement was allegedly signed. While acting in the adult-film industry, Clifford went by the name “Stormy Daniels.”
The alleged sexual experience happened in July 2006, according to the New York Daily News. At that time, Trump was married to Melania.
Both Trump and Clifford denied that any such encounter ever took place.
“President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels,” Cohen said in a statement on Friday. A White House official told the Wall Street Journal, also on Friday, that “these are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongley denied prior to the election.”
Clifford put out a statement, according to the New York Times, saying “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false.”
Before the 2016 election, around the time the alleged hush money was paid, news outlets were allegedly in talks with Clifford, preparing to interview her about her sexual encounter with the presidential candidate. Daily Beast reported that they were one of those publications.
Another adult-film star has claimed that she was invited to join Clifford and Trump during that 2007 sexual encounter.
Adult actress Alana Evans told the Daily Beast, “Stormy calls me four or five times, by the last two phone calls she’s with Donald [Trump] and I can hear him, and he’s talking through the phone to me saying, ‘Oh come on Alana, let’s have some fun! Let’s have some fun! Come to the party, we’re waiting for you.’ And I was like, ‘OMG it’s Donald Trump!’ Men like him scare me because they have so much power and this was way before his presidential nomination. So I bailed on them and turned my phone off.”
The next day, according to the Daily Beast, Clifford and Evans allegedly spoke on the phone.
Evans recanted the conversation to the Daily Beast: “She tells me, ‘All I’m going to say is: I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities.’ I was like, ‘Oh I really didn’t need to hear that!’ Then she said he offered her keys to his condos in Florida, and I was like, ‘Wow guess you had a good night,’ and that was the last we ever spoke of it.”
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