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Trump lawyer admits paying porn star linked to president

Published : Thursday, 15 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 121

WASHINGTON, Feb 14 : President Donald Trump's personal lawyer told the New York Times on Tuesday he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who once said she had an affair with Trump.
The long-time Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, said he was not reimbursed for the payment to the actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and who goes by the stage name of Stormy Daniels, the Times reported.
Cohen told the newspaper the payment was legal but declined to give details such as why he made it or if Trump was aware of the payment at the time.
"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Cohen said, according to the Times.
"The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone."
US media reports have said the payment was made one month before the November 2016 election to keep the liaison quiet.
Trump was a private citizen when the 2006 sexual encounter with Clifford allegedly took place.
He was married at the time and his wife Melania had given birth to their son less than four months earlier.
The payment was first reported last month by the Wall Street Journal. Cohen's statement to the Times marked the first time he acknowledged a role in what he termed a "private transaction."     AFP

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