An alleged sexual encounter in July 2006 at celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe, was back to the headlines haunting US President Donald Trump. According to a report, Stephanie Clifford, an X-rated actress was paid Rs 82 Lakh a month to maintain silence about the alleged sexual relationship. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen is reported to have brokered a deal with the actress. On this issue a White official has said, “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”
However, Cohen, who is reported to have made arrangements for the payments, described this as an “outlandish allegation”. “These rumors have circulated time and again since 2011. President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence…”, Cohen said. Cohen also issued a statement that he said was from Clifford. The statement reads, “Rumors that I (Clifford) have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false. If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn’t be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book.” The statement was signed by Clifford under the name Stormy Daniels.
Clifford told friends the encounter with Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, as per Wall Street Journal. Notably, report claimed that Trump had an encounter with Clifford one year post his marriage with Melania Trump, as they both got married in 2005.
In the days before the 2016 election, the Journal reported that Clifford was in talks with ABC’s “Good Morning America” to air her story about Trump.
Earlier this week, Cohen had filed defamation lawsuits against the news outlet BuzzFeed over a dossier, published by it, that laid out Trump’s potential ties to Russia and included objectionable claims about his sexual history. According to the complaint, Cohen alleged that the news outlet falsely claimed that Trump had, “an inappropriate and possibly criminal relationship with the Russian government.”