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The Wall Street Journal has reported that Donald Trump's lawyer gave a hefty pay-off to an ex-adult film star a month before the election, in order to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with the now-president around a decade ago.
According to the paper, Michael Cohen arranged for Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, to be paid $130,000 (£94,846) in October of 2016 to keep her from lifting the lid on the president's extra-marital activities.
The lawyer made no mention of the money when questioned about the payoff, but did insist that the allegations were false.
"This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client," the lawyer is reported to have said.
"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."
It is alleged that Trump, 71, and Clifford, 38, met at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in July of 2006. It was here that the sexual encounter is said to have taken place.
Both parties have denied the affair ever took place.
Cohen also showed the newspaper an email, apparently signed by 'Stormy Daniels', that reportedly read: "Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false."
Clifford added: "If I did indeed have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about it in the news."
The email also denied rumours of a 'sexual and/or romantic affair'.
The Wall Street Journal's report was based on interviews with 'people familiar with the matter' and did not claim to have seen any physical proof of the agreement.
"These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election," a White House official told the Guardian.
At the time of the reported romantic rendezvous, Donald Trump was already married to his third and current wife, Melania Trump.
Porn star Jessica Drake has also claimed to have had an encounter with Trump at the same golf event as the affair reported by the Journal. However, she says hers was not consensual.
The woman accused Trump of forcibly kissing her and two others in a hotel suite.
The Trump campaign has vehemently denied any affair ever took place and American Media Inc, which owns the Enquirer, said: "AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr Trump."
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