US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer arranged for a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy Playmate to keep secret her sexual relationship with Republican fundraiser and Trump ally Elliott Broidy, during which she became pregnant, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement provided to the Journal.
'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 said in a statement to the Journal.
He represented Clifford in her 2016 deal with Cohen, and also negotiated a separate payment between Playboy model Karen McDougal and the publisher of the National Enquirer about her alleged affair with Trump.
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The revelation shines an even brighter light on Cohen, who is already under pressure after his office was raided by investigators seeking records related to payments to two women who claim they had sexual relationships with Trump.
"It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement, " Broidy said in the statement.
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The deal was negotiated by the same players involved in a October 2016 $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, an ex-porn star who claims to have had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006.
In the deal, Broidy denies the woman's claims and also agrees not to seek further legal retribution.
"Mr. Cohen reached out to me after being contacted by this woman's attorney, Keith Davidson".
Cohen and Davidson did not respond to requests for comment.
"In last 18 mos, Mr. Cohen negotiated yet another hush NDA, this time on behalf of a prominent GOP donor who had a relationship with a LA woman, impregnated her and then made sure she had an abortion". Cohen is a national deputy finance chairman for the RNC. The money will be paid to her in quarterly installments and the first installment was due on December 1, the Journal reported. Daniels sued Trump on the grounds that the non-disclosure agreement she signed regarding the affair was invalid.
He filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court last month, accusing the Gulf nation of Qatar of stealing and leaking emails to reporters in retribution for Broidy's attempts to influence the Trump administration in favour of regional rivals of Qatar.
Both agreements had side letters identifying the parties by their real names, according to the report.
Broidy worked with George Nader, a Lebanese American businessman and power broker in the region who has been working directly in recent years for the United Arab Emirates, according to people familiar with their relationship. AMI has asked the judge to dismiss the case, arguing that the deal is protected under the First Amendment.