Report: Trump Paid Porn Star $130,000 to Buy Her Silence on Alleged Tryst

The U.S. president's attorney allegedly arranged a deal a month before the elections to buy the woman's silence on a sexual encounter that reportedly took place in 2006

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Washington.
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U.S. President Donald Trump paid a former adult film star $130,000 to keep quiet about a short-lived affair the two had in 2006, the Wall Street Journal claimed in a report released Friday.

According to the report, Michael Cohen, an attorney for Trump who served for years as a lawyer for the Trump Organization and who described himself as the "fix-it guy" for Trump in an interview last year, arranged the payment for the porn star as part of a nondisclosure agreement that was completed a month before the 2016 elections.

The woman, who was identified by the Journal as Ms. Stephanie Clifford, reportedly agreed to remain silent and refrain from publicly discussing her sexual encounter with Trump after her attorney discussed the agreement with Mr. Cohen.

The Journal reported that Clifford, whose stage name was Stormy Daniels, first made Trump's acquaintance at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe, a year after the former married Melania Trump.

Ms. Clifford allegedly complained after the agreement was finalized that she didn't receive the payment as rapidly as she expected to and threatened to nix it. The report said that she eventually got the payment through her lawyer Keith Davidson, and that funds were transferred to a client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles.

This report comes on the heels of another report by the Journal in which it was claimed that the 38-year-old ex-porn star negotiated the possibility of appearing as a guest in ABC's "Good Morning America" two years ago to talk about Trump.

While Ms. Clifford declined to respond to requests for comment, Mr. Davidson acknowledged in a comment to the Journal that he "previously represented Ms. Daniels" but that "attorney-client privilege prohibits me from commenting on my clients' legal matters."

Trump's attorney in the affair, Mr. Cohen, told the Journal that "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels." Mr. Cohen lashed at the Journal for releasing the report in his statement. "This is now the second time you are raising outlandish allegations against my client. You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011."

The Journal cited an unnamed White House official as saying that the allegations were "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election."

It was not confirmed whether the president was aware of an agreement with Ms. Clifford or payment that was provided to her.

Trump has been embroiled in similar scandals in the past, with allegations surfacing throughout the elections period of him speaking inappropriately about women. One leaked audio tape revealed that the president boasted of having groped women before. Trump has since described the incident as locker-room banter.

Several women have also alleged against the American president that he made unwanted sexual advances and/or sexually assaulted them. Trump has denied all allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct.