An attorney for President Donald Trump paid a former adult film star $130,000 one month before the 2016 presidential election to keep her from “publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump,” the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Stephanie Clifford “has privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.” Trump married first lady Melania Trump, his third wife, in 2005.
The Wall Street Journal previously reported Clifford was in talks with ABC’s “Good Morning America” during the 2016 election about a possible appearance on the show to discuss then-Republican presidential candidate Trump.
An unnamed White House official told the Wall Street Journal, “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”
In a statement to the paper, Cohen, now Trump’s personal attorney, said the president “once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”