Trump lawyer paid porn star $130K to stay quiet about sexual encounter with Trump

President Donald Trump once had an attorney arrange a six-figure payment to a former adult-film star in order to prevent her from speaking about a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment for Stephanie Clifford, whose industry name is Stormy Daniels, as part of a nondisclosure agreement regarding the sexual encounter just one month before the 2016 election.

The Wall Street Journal had interviewed several sources with connections to Clifford, now 38, who said that the former adult-film star told them privately that she had a consensual sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 — just one year after Trump had married Melania Trump — after a celebrity golf tournament.

The payment was reportedly made to. Clifford via her lawyer, Keith Davidson, the Journal reported, and the funds were sent to Davidson’s client-trust account with City National Bank.

Cohen said that Trump “vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

The White House declined to comment on the October 2016 payment and said the Journal’s report on the encounter was based on “old recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”

As media interest in the encounter started to build in the Fall of 2016, Cohen emailed a two-paragraph statement which was adressed “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” and was signed by “Stormy Daniels.”

“Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false,” the statement attributed to Daniels (Clifford) said.

At the time the payment allegedly went through to Clifford, Trump was facing allegations of sexual misconduct against numerous women and a 2005 recording surfaced in which Trump had bragged about groping women, who let him do it because he was famous.