Cathy Yan in Early Talks to Direct Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn Movie

Cathy Yan is in early talks to direct Margot Robbie in the next Harley Quinn movie, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Yan is best known for writing and directing her feature debut “Dead Pigs,” which took home the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year.

Yan would be the second female filmmaker to join the DC universe with this film, which is still known as the Untitled Girl Gang Movie at Warner Bros. She will also be the first Asian woman to direct a DC film.

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The girl gang movie is being written by screenwriter Christina Hodson, and it will be produced by Robbie, Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll, and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless. Hodson is also writing “Batgirl” for DC.

Yan will not direct the “Gotham City Sirens” or “Harley vs Joker” films also in contention at Warner Bros.

Also Read: Here Are the 3 Harley Quinn Movies in Contention at Warner Bros.

Yan was previously a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing and was one of the youngest writers in the paper’s history to pen multiple front-page stories. She is represented by CAA.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Cathy Yan is in early talks to direct Margot Robbie in the next Harley Quinn movie, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Yan is best known for writing and directing her feature debut “Dead Pigs,” which took home the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year.

Yan would be the second female filmmaker to join the DC universe with this film, which is still known as the Untitled Girl Gang Movie at Warner Bros. She will also be the first Asian woman to direct a DC film.

The girl gang movie is being written by screenwriter Christina Hodson, and it will be produced by Robbie, Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll, and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless. Hodson is also writing “Batgirl” for DC.

Yan will not direct the “Gotham City Sirens” or “Harley vs Joker” films also in contention at Warner Bros.

Yan was previously a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing and was one of the youngest writers in the paper’s history to pen multiple front-page stories. She is represented by CAA.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Elliott Broidy Resigns From RNC After Reports of $1.6 Million Payment to Playboy Playmate

Elliott Broidy, a prominent GOP fundraiser, resigned his post as deputy national finance chairman at the Republican National Committee Friday, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap.

The resignation, first published by the Wall Street Journal, comes just two hours after the paper published a story about a secret $1.6 million hush payment to a former Playboy model, who said Broidy had impregnated her.

The 2017 non-disclosure agreement was brokered by the President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is also a member of the RNC’s finance committee. Cohen will remain in his post, according to the WSJ.

Also Read: Michael Cohen Set Up GOP Fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s $1.6 Million Payment to Playboy Playmate (Report)

Mr. Broidy, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, was a vice chairman for the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party. He personally helped raise more than $108 million during the 2016 presidential race and donated $160,000 to the RNC.

“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Broidy told the WSJ in a 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 difficult period.”

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Mr. Cohen didn’t respond to requests for comment. Keith Davidson, a spokesman for the woman’s lawyer, would not confirm or deny reports of the agreement.

As TheWrap reported in 2016, Broidy pleaded guilty to committing a felony in 2009, by giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to state officials in order to secure a lucrative deal with New York’s public pension fund for his then-firm Markstone Capital Partners.

Broidy avoided jail time by blowing the whistle on the same people who accepted his bribes. He admitted to ponying up $75,000 for an all-expenses paid luxury trip to Jerusalem, which included first-class tickets, luxury hotel suites, a helicopter tour, and a personal driver for New York State’s comptroller and his family.

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Elliott Broidy, a prominent GOP fundraiser, resigned his post as deputy national finance chairman at the Republican National Committee Friday, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap.

The resignation, first published by the Wall Street Journal, comes just two hours after the paper published a story about a secret $1.6 million hush payment to a former Playboy model, who said Broidy had impregnated her.

The 2017 non-disclosure agreement was brokered by the President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is also a member of the RNC’s finance committee. Cohen will remain in his post, according to the WSJ.

Mr. Broidy, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, was a vice chairman for the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party. He personally helped raise more than $108 million during the 2016 presidential race and donated $160,000 to the RNC.

“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Broidy told the WSJ in a 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 difficult period.”

Mr. Cohen didn’t respond to requests for comment. Keith Davidson, a spokesman for the woman’s lawyer, would not confirm or deny reports of the agreement.

As TheWrap reported in 2016, Broidy pleaded guilty to committing a felony in 2009, by giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to state officials in order to secure a lucrative deal with New York’s public pension fund for his then-firm Markstone Capital Partners.

Broidy avoided jail time by blowing the whistle on the same people who accepted his bribes. He admitted to ponying up $75,000 for an all-expenses paid luxury trip to Jerusalem, which included first-class tickets, luxury hotel suites, a helicopter tour, and a personal driver for New York State’s comptroller and his family.

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Michael Cohen Set Up GOP Fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s $1.6 Million Payment to Playboy Playmate (Report)

In a bit of an extra-marital pickle? Better call Michael Cohen.

A new report by the Wall Street Journal says that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer negotiated yet another non-disclosure deal in late 2017 to the tune of $1.6 million to silence a former Playboy model who said she was impregnated by a top Republican fundraiser.

The payment was made on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist and deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, which also boasts Cohen as national deputy finance chairman, the WSJ reported.

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The agreement prevents the former Playboy model from talking about her relationship with Broidy. In exchange, the woman would receive $1.6 million in the span of two years in quarterly installments, the WSJ said. The first payment was due Dec. 1.

“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Mr. Broidy said in a 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 difficult period.”

Cohen didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s requests for comment. Keith Davidson, a spokesman for the woman’s lawyer told the WSJ she could not confirm or deny the report.

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Cohen, whose home, hotel room and offices were raided by federal investigators this week, is under intense scrutiny as federal prosecutors sift through seized documents, looking for evidence of bank fraud, among other things, according the Journal.

The paper also reported that investigators are specifically looking for evidence related to payments to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump, as well as Cohen’s taxi business.

Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, dismissed the accusations calling the search warrants “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”

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Broidy, 60, helped the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party raise more than $108 million during the 2016 presidential race. He also gave $160,000 last year to the Republican National Committee, according to the Journal.

Broidy’s non-disiclosure agreement with the Playboy model is similar to another 2016 hush deal, in which Cohen paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose legals name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from talking about her relationship with Trump more than a decade ago.

The WSJ also reported that the Broidy deal used the same pseudonyms as the Daniels agreement — David Dennison and Peggy Peterson.

As TheWrap reported in 2016, Broidy pleaded guilty to committing a felony in 2009, by giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to state officials in order to secure a lucrative deal with New York’s public pension fund for his then-firm Markstone Capital Partners.

He avoided jail time by blowing the whistle on the same people who accepted his bribes. He admitted to ponying up $75,000 for an all-expanses paid luxury trip to Jerusalem, which included first-class tickets, luxury hotel suites, a helicopter tour, and a personal driver for New York State’s comptroller and his family.

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In a bit of an extra-marital pickle? Better call Michael Cohen.

A new report by the Wall Street Journal says that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer negotiated yet another non-disclosure deal in late 2017 to the tune of $1.6 million to silence a former Playboy model who said she was impregnated by a top Republican fundraiser.

The payment was made on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist and deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, which also boasts Cohen as national deputy finance chairman, the WSJ reported.

The agreement prevents the former Playboy model from talking about her relationship with Broidy. In exchange, the woman would receive $1.6 million in the span of two years in quarterly installments, the WSJ said. The first payment was due Dec. 1.

“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Mr. Broidy said in a 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 difficult period.”

Cohen didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s requests for comment. Keith Davidson, a spokesman for the woman’s lawyer told the WSJ she could not confirm or deny the report.

Cohen, whose home, hotel room and offices were raided by federal investigators this week, is under intense scrutiny as federal prosecutors sift through seized documents, looking for evidence of bank fraud, among other things, according the Journal.

The paper also reported that investigators are specifically looking for evidence related to payments to two women who say they had sexual relationships with Trump, as well as Cohen’s taxi business.

Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, dismissed the accusations calling the search warrants “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”

Broidy, 60, helped the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party raise more than $108 million during the 2016 presidential race. He also gave $160,000 last year to the Republican National Committee, according to the Journal.

Broidy’s non-disiclosure agreement with the Playboy model is similar to another 2016 hush deal, in which Cohen paid $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose legals name is Stephanie Clifford, to stop her from talking about her relationship with Trump more than a decade ago.

The WSJ also reported that the Broidy deal used the same pseudonyms as the Daniels agreement — David Dennison and Peggy Peterson.

As TheWrap reported in 2016, Broidy pleaded guilty to committing a felony in 2009, by giving nearly $1 million in illegal gifts to state officials in order to secure a lucrative deal with New York’s public pension fund for his then-firm Markstone Capital Partners.

He avoided jail time by blowing the whistle on the same people who accepted his bribes. He admitted to ponying up $75,000 for an all-expanses paid luxury trip to Jerusalem, which included first-class tickets, luxury hotel suites, a helicopter tour, and a personal driver for New York State’s comptroller and his family.

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Playmate Karen McDougal: Donald Trump ‘Always Told Me He Loved Me’ (Video)

Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald Trump just over a decade ago, told CNN Thursday that at the time she was in love with Trump and Trump was in love with her.

“He always told me he loved me,” she told Anderson Cooper.

McDougal said she met Trump during an event at the Playboy Mansion. “He said hello and then throughout the night it was clear there was an attraction from him to me,” she said.

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McDougal said that Trump had given her her number and the two met soon after for a date at the Beverly Hills Hotel in June of that year, where they became intimate.

In one of the more salacious moments, McDougal said that Trump once tried to offer her money after they had been intimate, a snippet CNN released earlier in the day to tease its exclusive.

“After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that,”

Cooper asked if Trump tried to hand her money, to which Mcdougall answered: “He did.”

“I don’t even know how to describe the look on my face,” she said. “It must have been so sad.”

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Like Stormy Daniels, McDougal said that during their relationship Trump once compared her to his daughter, Ivanka.

“He’s very proud of Ivanka, as he should be,” she said. “He said I was beautiful like her.”

She said it did not find it strange, however. “I brag about my daughter that much,” she said.

Asked what she would say to Trump’s wife Melania — who had just given birth to their son Barron when the alleged affair happened — McDougal said: “What can you say except I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I wouldn’t want it done to me. I’m sorry.”

McDougal said she was extremely uncomfortable when, during a visit to his apartment, he showed her Melania’s room. She said she later met the future first lady during a party for “The Apprentice.”

Cooper held up a photograph showing Melania Trump, Ivanka and several other women, including McDougal.

“I tried to keep my distance,” McDougal said of the photograph. “I felt guilty.”

“Do you think she knew?” Cooper asked.

“Maybe,” she said. “I don’t know. It was told to me that they were arguing that night and I said, ‘Why?’ and somebody had said: ‘Probably because of you.’”

McDougal said she eventually ended the relationship after 10 months because she was ridden with guilt and “needed to get out it.”

“It was tearing her apart,” she said.

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Thursday’s interview with CNN was the first time McDougal has spoken out about her relationship with the president since filing a lawsuit Tuesday to get out of her 2016 non-disclosure agreement. McDougal is the second woman in two weeks to accuse the president or his allies of trying to bury news about a Trump extramarital affair.

McDougal is suing American Media Inc., The National Enquirer’s parent company, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, paid her $150,000 to buy her story — but never ran it. The Enquirer’s chief executive, David Pecker, is a friend of Trump’s.

Porn star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, said in a lawsuit filed March 6 that her “hush agreement” with Trump is invalid. Trump attorney Michael Cohen agreed in October 2016 to pay her $130,000 to keep her from talking about an extramarital affair she said she had with Trump just over a decade ago.

Trump has repeatedly denied both affairs.

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In her lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, McDougal claims that Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, was in talks with American Media behind her back and that both AMI and her lawyer at the time misled her about the deal.

Speaking to The New Yorker last month, McDougal said that A.M.I. “warned” that her breach of the non-disclosure agreement could result in “considerable monetary damages.”

McDougal’s lawyer, Peter K. Stris, told the Times, A.M.I. was engaging in “a multifaceted effort to silence” his client.

McDougal filed her suit just as Clifford is about to make her “60 Minutes” debut, also conducted by Cooper, on Sunday.

Trump’s team is seeking $20 million from Clifford, arguing she violated her non-disclosure.

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that A.M.I., one of the country’s largest tabloid news providers, is known to buy damaging stories about allies for the sole purpose of burying them, a practice known as “catch and kill.”

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Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald Trump just over a decade ago, told CNN Thursday that at the time she was in love with Trump and Trump was in love with her.

“He always told me he loved me,” she told Anderson Cooper.

McDougal said she met Trump during an event at the Playboy Mansion. “He said hello and then throughout the night it was clear there was an attraction from him to me,” she said.

McDougal said that Trump had given her her number and the two met soon after for a date at the Beverly Hills Hotel in June of that year, where they became intimate.

In one of the more salacious moments, McDougal said that Trump once tried to offer her money after they had been intimate, a snippet CNN released earlier in the day to tease its exclusive.

“After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that,”

Cooper asked if Trump tried to hand her money, to which Mcdougall answered: “He did.”

“I don’t even know how to describe the look on my face,” she said. “It must have been so sad.”

Like Stormy Daniels, McDougal said that during their relationship Trump once compared her to his daughter, Ivanka.

“He’s very proud of Ivanka, as he should be,” she said. “He said I was beautiful like her.”

She said it did not find it strange, however. “I brag about my daughter that much,” she said.

Asked what she would say to Trump’s wife Melania — who had just given birth to their son Barron when the alleged affair happened — McDougal said: “What can you say except I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I wouldn’t want it done to me. I’m sorry.”

McDougal said she was extremely uncomfortable when, during a visit to his apartment, he showed her Melania’s room. She said she later met the future first lady during a party for “The Apprentice.”

Cooper held up a photograph showing Melania Trump, Ivanka and several other women, including McDougal.

“I tried to keep my distance,” McDougal said of the photograph. “I felt guilty.”

“Do you think she knew?” Cooper asked.

“Maybe,” she said. “I don’t know. It was told to me that they were arguing that night and I said, ‘Why?’ and somebody had said: ‘Probably because of you.'”

McDougal said she eventually ended the relationship after 10 months because she was ridden with guilt and “needed to get out it.”

“It was tearing her apart,” she said.

Thursday’s interview with CNN was the first time McDougal has spoken out about her relationship with the president since filing a lawsuit Tuesday to get out of her 2016 non-disclosure agreement. McDougal is the second woman in two weeks to accuse the president or his allies of trying to bury news about a Trump extramarital affair.

McDougal is suing American Media Inc., The National Enquirer’s parent company, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, paid her $150,000 to buy her story — but never ran it. The Enquirer’s chief executive, David Pecker, is a friend of Trump’s.

Porn star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, said in a lawsuit filed March 6 that her “hush agreement” with Trump is invalid. Trump attorney Michael Cohen agreed in October 2016 to pay her $130,000 to keep her from talking about an extramarital affair she said she had with Trump just over a decade ago.

Trump has repeatedly denied both affairs.

In her lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, McDougal claims that Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, was in talks with American Media behind her back and that both AMI and her lawyer at the time misled her about the deal.

Speaking to The New Yorker last month, McDougal said that A.M.I. “warned” that her breach of the non-disclosure agreement could result in “considerable monetary damages.”

McDougal’s lawyer, Peter K. Stris, told the Times, A.M.I. was engaging in “a multifaceted effort to silence” his client.

McDougal filed her suit just as Clifford is about to make her “60 Minutes” debut, also conducted by Cooper, on Sunday.

Trump’s team is seeking $20 million from Clifford, arguing she violated her non-disclosure.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that A.M.I., one of the country’s largest tabloid news providers, is known to buy damaging stories about allies for the sole purpose of burying them, a practice known as “catch and kill.”

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Wall Street Journal Senior Video Editor Exits After Misconduct Investigation

The Wall Street Journal has parted ways with Chris Moran, a senior video and audio editor at the publication, after an internal misconduct investigation.

“Dow Jones takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” the Journal’s parent company told TheWrap Thursday. “Following an internal review, Chris Moran is no longer employed by The Wall Street Journal.”

The news was first reported by the Daily Caller, which also revealed that non-official sources within WSJ said that the issue had been related to sexual misconduct.

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On his now-deleted Twitter account, Moran described himself as “bossman of video, documentary films and podcasts” for the Journal and his appointment to “chief video and audio editor” was heralded by Dow Jones in a September 2017 press release.

“Chris has had a profound impact on the department, revamping our strategy to focus on high-quality, distinctive Wall Street Journal stories that are better seen or heard–and designed for mobile viewership,” Dow Jones said at the time.

Broader details of the case remain unclear, but if Moran’s departure was related to sexual misconduct, it would be the latest in a string of accusations that have rocked the media and entertainment industries.

Since Harvey Weinstein was exposed by the New York Times and New Yorker last year, dozens of powerful men have been accused and lost their careers over rampant claims of sexual misconduct.

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The Wall Street Journal has parted ways with Chris Moran, a senior video and audio editor at the publication, after an internal misconduct investigation.

“Dow Jones takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” the Journal’s parent company told TheWrap Thursday. “Following an internal review, Chris Moran is no longer employed by The Wall Street Journal.”

The news was first reported by the Daily Caller, which also revealed that non-official sources within WSJ said that the issue had been related to sexual misconduct.

On his now-deleted Twitter account, Moran described himself as “bossman of video, documentary films and podcasts” for the Journal and his appointment to “chief video and audio editor” was heralded by Dow Jones in a September 2017 press release.

“Chris has had a profound impact on the department, revamping our strategy to focus on high-quality, distinctive Wall Street Journal stories that are better seen or heard–and designed for mobile viewership,” Dow Jones said at the time.

Broader details of the case remain unclear, but if Moran’s departure was related to sexual misconduct, it would be the latest in a string of accusations that have rocked the media and entertainment industries.

Since Harvey Weinstein was exposed by the New York Times and New Yorker last year, dozens of powerful men have been accused and lost their careers over rampant claims of sexual misconduct.

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Stormy Daniels Lawsuit: Trump’s Lawyer ‘Forced’ Me to Lie

Stormy Daniels claims in her lawsuit against President Trump that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, used “intimidation tactics” in January to force her to sign a false statement denying an affair with Trump.

“In January 2018, and concerned the truth would be disclosed, Mr. Cohen, though intimidation and coercive tactics forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that reports of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false,” Daniels, who’s real name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed in her lawsuit, obtained by TheWrap.

The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Cohen paid Clifford $130,000 in order to keep her story from getting out. Cohen denied the allegations, while criticizing the paper for perpetuating a “false narrative for over a year.”

Also Read: Stormy Daniels Sues Donald Trump Over Efforts to ‘Silence’ Her

Cohen also sent the paper a statement, addressed “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” and signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying that she had a “sexual and/or romantic affair” with the president.

In February, Cohen admitted to the New York Times that he did make the payment to Daniels, but insisted the money was his and that the president was not involved in the transaction whatsoever.

But on Monday, the WSJ reported that Cohen coughed up the cash himself because he couldn’t get in touch with Trump during the final days of the campaign. The paper also said that Cohen had been complaining to friends that he hadn’t been reimbursed.

Also Read: Trump’s Lawyer Complained He Was Never Reimbursed for Stormy Daniels Payment (Report)

Clifford filed a civil suit against the president in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, claiming that her hush agreement with Trump was null and void because the president never signed the nondisclosure agreement set up right before the 2016 presidential election.

Clifford also argued that even if the NDA was signed, it’s no longer valid because Cohen spoke publicly about the secret agreement and payment, which she claims is a breach of the the agreement’s confidentiality clause.

The lawsuit also claims that Trump knew about the payment and that it was intended to keep an extramarital affair with the porn star a secret from voters.

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The lawsuit goes on to say that Cohen pressured Clifford in recent days by initiating a “bogus arbitration proceeding” against her.

The lawsuit also suggests Clifford has “confidential information,” which includes “information, certain still images and/or text messages.”

Before signing the NDA, Clifford told journalists that she had an “intimate relationship” with Trump in the summer of 2006 in Lake Tahoe, just months after Trump’s wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron. an relationship that went on for nine months, according to Daniels.

Cohen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Stormy Daniels claims in her lawsuit against President Trump that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, used “intimidation tactics” in January to force her to sign a false statement denying an affair with Trump.

“In January 2018, and concerned the truth would be disclosed, Mr. Cohen, though intimidation and coercive tactics forced Ms. Clifford into signing a false statement wherein she stated that reports of her relationship with Mr. Trump were false,” Daniels, who’s real name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed in her lawsuit, obtained by TheWrap.

The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Cohen paid Clifford $130,000 in order to keep her story from getting out. Cohen denied the allegations, while criticizing the paper for perpetuating a “false narrative for over a year.”

Cohen also sent the paper a statement, addressed “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN” and signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying that she had a “sexual and/or romantic affair” with the president.

In February, Cohen admitted to the New York Times that he did make the payment to Daniels, but insisted the money was his and that the president was not involved in the transaction whatsoever.

But on Monday, the WSJ reported that Cohen coughed up the cash himself because he couldn’t get in touch with Trump during the final days of the campaign. The paper also said that Cohen had been complaining to friends that he hadn’t been reimbursed.

Clifford filed a civil suit against the president in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, claiming that her hush agreement with Trump was null and void because the president never signed the nondisclosure agreement set up right before the 2016 presidential election.

Clifford also argued that even if the NDA was signed, it’s no longer valid because Cohen spoke publicly about the secret agreement and payment, which she claims is a breach of the the agreement’s confidentiality clause.

The lawsuit also claims that Trump knew about the payment and that it was intended to keep an extramarital affair with the porn star a secret from voters.

The lawsuit goes on to say that Cohen pressured Clifford in recent days by initiating a “bogus arbitration proceeding” against her.

The lawsuit also suggests Clifford has “confidential information,” which includes “information, certain still images and/or text messages.”

Before signing the NDA, Clifford told journalists that she had an “intimate relationship” with Trump in the summer of 2006 in Lake Tahoe, just months after Trump’s wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron. an relationship that went on for nine months, according to Daniels.

Cohen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Trump’s Lawyer Complained He Was Never Reimbursed for Stormy Daniels Payment (Report)

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been complaining to friends that he hadn’t been reimbursed for his payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Cohen, admitted to the New York Times last month that he paid Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — $130,000 out of his own pocket as part of an agreement to prevent the porn actress from speaking out about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.

According to the WSJ report, Cohen used his own funds for the deal with Clifford in October 2016, after being unable to track down Trump in the days before the presidential election.

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The paper reported that Cohen’s bank later reported the wire transaction to the Treasury Department as suspicious.

Neither the White House nor Daniels responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Cohen and White House representatives have repeatedly denied any relationship between Trump and Daniels.

The Washington Post reported last week that Clifford threatened to cancel the nondisclosure agreement just days before the 2016 election.

Daniels’ rep said last month that she now believes that Cohen’s comments to the Times about the payment broke the nondisclosure agreement, opening the door for her to talk about the affair.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has been complaining to friends that he hadn’t been reimbursed for his payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Cohen, admitted to the New York Times last month that he paid Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — $130,000 out of his own pocket as part of an agreement to prevent the porn actress from speaking out about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.

According to the WSJ report, Cohen used his own funds for the deal with Clifford in October 2016, after being unable to track down Trump in the days before the presidential election.

The paper reported that Cohen’s bank later reported the wire transaction to the Treasury Department as suspicious.

Neither the White House nor Daniels responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Cohen and White House representatives have repeatedly denied any relationship between Trump and Daniels.

The Washington Post reported last week that Clifford threatened to cancel the nondisclosure agreement just days before the 2016 election.

Daniels’ rep said last month that she now believes that Cohen’s comments to the Times about the payment broke the nondisclosure agreement, opening the door for her to talk about the affair.

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