Donald Trump Reportedly Paid An Adult Film Star $130,000 To withhold still approximately An Alleged Sexual Encounter
A lawyer for President Trump reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to an adult film star to prevent her from going public during the election with an alleged consensual sexual encounter she had with Trump, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Stephanie Clifford, who performs as Stormy Daniels, was photographed with Trump at a July 2006 golf event in Lake Tahoe. Afterward, Trump met with Clifford, the Journal reported.
In statements to BuzzFeed News, the lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Clifford denied Trump and Clifford had a sexual encounter.
The alleged encounter after the golf event was publicly discussed by adult film star Jessica Drake in October 2016, when she accused the president of kissing her without her consent. Drake said Trump also repeatedly propositioned her, offering $10,000 and the exercise of his private jet for her to advance to his suite.
“His words and actions are a huge testimony to his character — that of uncontrollable misogyny, entitlement, and being a sexual assault apologist,” Drake said at a press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred.
Drake has not spoken publicly since. A source told BuzzFeed News that Drake could not talk approximately Trump, but was unable to confirm whether that was because of a non-disclosure or other agreement.
Drake did recede to Trump’s suite, but she said she did not sleep with him. She brought two friends along with her because she felt uncomfortable going alone, she said. At the time, Trump was married to his wife Melania, who had four months earlier given birth to their son Barron.
In the press conference, Drake did not identify the other two women, who also worked in the industry. According to the Journal, one of them was Clifford, who negotiated the payment and nondisclosure agreement the same month that Drake came forward publicly.
Cohen, Trump’s lawyer who, according to the Journal, arranged the payment, denied the report in a statement on Friday to BuzzFeed News.
“These rumors believe circulated time and again since 2011,” he said. “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”
But the star previously told journalist and Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg that she had an affair with Trump and received the $130,000 payment in exchange for silence, the current York Times reported on Friday. The agreement was negotiated by Cohen, Weisberg said.
She was also in talks to discuss the matter on gracious Morning America in the drop of 2016, the Times and CNN reported.
A separate statement, which Cohen if Friday that was signed by Stormy Daniels, said the adult film star’s relationship with Trump did not recede further than several public appearances. Daniels appeared at the launch of Trump Vodka in 2007.
“When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional, and a total gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence,” the statement said. “Rumors that I believe received hush money from Donald Trump are totally improper. whether I indeed did believe a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn’t be reading approximately it in the news, you would be reading approximately it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not just.”
Anthony Cormier is an investigative reporter/editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in current York. While working for the Tampa Bay Times, Cormier won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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