A month before the 2016 Presidential election, a tape surfaced of Donald Trump bragging about his sexually abusive habits. But something else happened at the same time that the public didn’t get to see, until now. President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid a former adult entertainment film star $130,000 to stop her from going public with a sexual encounter with the then-candidate.
Cohen negotiated the hush money for Stephanie Clifford, who went by the stage name Stormy Daniels, in October 2016 through a nondisclosure agreement. Clifford met Trump at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. He married Melania Trump in 2005.
While Trump was accused of sexual harassment and assault, this episode doesn’t seem to be nonconsensual.
“These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” a White House official said, responding to the allegation of a sexual encounter involving Mr. Trump and Ms. Clifford. They refused to answer questions about the settlement, and it’s unknown if Trump was even aware of the payment.
Cohen also refused to address the agreement, but said in a statement, “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”
In his statement to the Wall Street Journal, he added:
“This is now the second time that 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.”
This isn’t the first adult-film star that Trump has gotten in trouble with. In October 2016, Jessica Drake alleged that Trump kissed her and two other women without their consent, in the same 2006 golf event.
“I did not sign [a nondisclosure agreement], nor have I received any money for coming forward,” Drake said in a statement. “I spoke out because it was the right thing to do.”
The White House said that Drakes’ claims are “totally false and ridiculous.”
It’s ridiculous that anyone is still trying to claim that Trump is respectful of his wife, or any woman for that matter.