UPDATE — 2/16, 9:07 a.m. EST: Former Playboy model Karen McDougal told the New Yorker in a piece published Friday she had a nearly year-long affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and 2007.
McDougal says she signed a legal agreement with Trump-friendly American Media, Inc., owner of the National Enquirer, which gave the company exclusive rights to her story for $150,000.
A White House spokesperson called McDougal’s allegations “fake news” and said Trump “never had a relationship” with the now-46-year-old.
Less than a day after Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen admitted to paying former adult actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket for undisclosed reasons, Daniels’ business manager says her client can now tell the world her story.
According to Gina Rodriguez, Cohen’s public statements to multiple media outlets on Tuesday invalidate the suspected non-disclosure agreement Ms. Daniels — real name Stephanie Clifford — signed in October 2016 which Trump initiated to keep her from publicizing an extramarital affair in 2006.
A report by the Wall Street Journal in January said Cohen paid Ms. Clifford with funds from a Delaware-based company — an allegation both individuals denied at the time.
Rumors have been swirling for years about the affair, which started with a sexual encounter in Lake Tahoe, Nev., and lasted for approximately one year. The Journal‘s reporting stated ABC’s “Good Morning America” had made an offer for Clifford to tell her story in the fall of 2016.
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Rodriguez told AP.
More recently, Clifford has sat for various television interviews in which she tacitly admitted to having sex with now-President Trump. Prior to her signing the alleged agreement with Cohen, the ex-porn star told In Touch Weekly in 2011 explicitly said the two had an affair.
Despite Cohen’s surprising revelation, the New York lawyer said Wednesday 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.”
The Federal Election Commission is investigating the alleged payment after campaign finance watchdog Common Cause filed a complaint about the matter with the regulatory agency in January.
Our full statement on the need for the @FEC & @TheJusticeDept to investigate after @realDonaldTrump‘s attorney Michael Cohen admitted he paid $130,000 in hush money to #StormyDaniels before the 2016 election following our legal complaint:https://t.co/U2CrhNgCwg pic.twitter.com/9W8ae4MVKo
— Common Cause (@CommonCause) February 14, 2018
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