The adult film star who has been embroiled in allegations of an affair with President Donald Trump is free to tell her story, her manager has said.
Stormy Daniels — who in 2011 alleged that she had a 2006 sexual affair with Trump — is no longer bound by a non-disclosure contract after Trump’s lawyer and all-around fixer Michael Cohen admitted he paid the porn star, manager Gina Rodriguez says.
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Rodriguez said, after Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told the New York Times he paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
“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 reportedly told the New York Times.
Cohen 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 Trump’s campaign.
Cohen confirmed in a statement he privately paid Daniels $130,000 in 2016. Rodriguez says that acknowledgement allows her client to speak freely.
Cohen has said he doesn’t plan “further comment” on his six-figure payment but his statements raise more questions than they answer.
While Cohen said the money came from his “personal funds” and was not reimbursed directly or indirectly by the Trump Organization or the Republican presidential campaign, there is still a possibility that he was compensated by other parties, including Trump himself.
Why, in his generosity, would Mr? The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen gave $130,000 to Daniels in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement about a decade-old affair she had with Trump.
Circumstantial evidence that Daniels had been in contact with media outlets prior to the transfer and has since gone silent – lends credence to that explanation.
Even though the alleged affair is tawdry old news, a story about possible hush money and an attempted cover-up just weeks before the presidential election is much more dangerous for a White House already on its heels.
If there’s more to the money trail than Cohen has disclosed, an embarrassing situation could morph into a criminal inquiry, involving tax fraud or federal election law violations.
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