Cohen arranged hush money for ex-Playboy model

15 April, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Michael Cohen US President Donald J. Trump's long-time personal attorney walks from his hotel to his apartment in New York New York USA 12 April 2018. Cohen's hotel room apartment and office were raided earlier this week by federal authorities repor

President Trump's personal lawyer and confidant Michael Cohen negotiated a settlement for a top GOP fundraiser who allegedly impregnated a Playboy model, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy, who is married, said in Friday statement.

'At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period", he added.

Cohen negotiated the deal, worth $1.6 million, on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a California-based venture capitalist, close ally of President Trump, and the deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee.

In the wake of the revelation of the deal Friday afternoon, Broidy stepped down from his post as RNC deputy national finance chairman, according to two people familiar with the situation who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Keith Davidson, the former attorney for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, represented the woman, making it the second known "hush money" deal Davidson brokered with Cohen.

Cohen has been in news for negotiating a $130,000 hush agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

Broidy later served as vice chairman for one of President Trump's primary fundraising arms during the 2016 election and had the same position for the president's inaugural committee.

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Broidy said Cohen contacted him after being contacted by the woman's attorney, Keith Davidson.Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson.

Cohen and Davidson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Cohen is also in the crosshairs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who raided his office and residence on Monday and seized records and communications related to the deal with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Broidy agreed to pay the $1.6 million over two years, and completed the first instalment in December, the person said.

Broidy, like Cohen, is a top official at the Republican National Committee. Broidy confirmed the existence of an affair and said he did work with Cohen.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has sued to break the agreement, arguing that it is invalid because Trump failed to sign it. Cohen and Trump are seeking to force the matter out of court and into private arbitration, where proceedings are confidential.

The matter might have remained personal, as the relations between a California businessman and a Playmate is nothing unusual in Tinseltown, but Broidy reportedly helped raise over $108 million in funding for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and donated more than $160,000 to the RNC previous year.

McDougal has since claimed in a lawsuit that Davidson was working with Cohen to keep her quiet. National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc.is run by David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump's.

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