In Summary
  • 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.
  • Trump, through his lawyers, and Clifford, 38, have both denied anything ever went on between them.

WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer told the New York Times he paid Sh13 million ($130,000) of his own money to a porn star who once said she had an affair with Trump.

The attorney, Michael Cohen, said that he was not reimbursed for the payment to the actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and goes by Stormy Daniels, the Times said.

Cohen told the newspaper the payment was legal, and he declined to give details such as why he made it.

"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."

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