Trump lawyer admits paying porn star

The long-term personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump has admitted privately paying an adult film star $130,000 (£95,000) in 2016, in a statement to US media.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford [Stephanie Gregory Clifford, her real name], and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Michael D Cohen said in a statement. He said he told the Federal Election Commission the same after a watchdog group filed a complaint about the payment, claiming that it had served as an "in-kind" political contribution to Mr Trump's campaign.

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Trump attorney says he paid porn star with his own money

President Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen said the Oct. 2016 payment of $130,000 to porn star Stephanie Clifford $130,000 came from his own pocket and he was not reimbursed by the campaign.

The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Cohen paid Clifford the money to prohibit her from publicly discussing the alleged relationship between her and Mr. Trump. But after the Journal story, In Touch published a 2011 interview in full where Clifford spoke about the alleged affair.

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