Trump lawyer paid porn actress $130,000 for silence just before election

After The New Yorker's shocking expose on Harvey Weinstein, women everywhere have felt empowered to speak out against sexual harassment, assault and misconduct. Many famous figures in Hollywood and Washington have paid a heavy price for their actions: Netflix fired Kevin Spacey from the last season of House of Cards. The FX network cut all ties with Louis CK. Minnesota Senator Al Franken chose to resign from office. But you know who didn't face any repercussions for his alleged actions? Donald Trump. While everyone else lost their jobs, he became the most powerful person in the country.

We all remember the video from the Access Hollywood tour bus: While waiting to shoot a segment in 2005, Donald Trump bragged to Billy Bush about grabbing women by the genitalia, claiming that "when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything." Isn't it weird that Billy Bush lost his job just for listening to these comments, while Donald Trump dismissed it as "locker room talk" and went on to win the election? Apparently, we have very high standards for hosts of cheesy tabloid shows, but not so much for presidents.

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But it's not just the Access Hollywood tape. Over the decades, more than 20 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment, assault and abuse. With the rise of the "#MeToo" movement, the women have banded together, appearing on television shows and holding press conferences to implore Congress to conduct an investigation into Donald Trump's behavior. That hasn't happened yet. But Trump did finally respond to the scandal on Twitter, denying all of the allegations. He claims the women are lying, and that their stories are "fake news."

Well, it's another big day for "fake news," by which I mean "real news the president won't like." According to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, Donald's Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged a payment of $130,000 to a former adult film actress in 2016, in exchange for her keeping quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump a decade earlier. (Which means this incident occurred at roughly the same time as the Access Hollywood bus incident.)

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The woman who reportedly signed this nondisclosure agreement is Stephanie Clifford, who you might as know better as Stormy Daniels. (Oh, sure, pretend like you don't recognize her.) Back in 2016, just before the election, she was scheduled to appear on Good Morning America to discuss her affair with Trump. However, she suddenly cancelled at the last minute, without explanation and cut off all contact. (Possibly because of the non-disclosure agreement and the six figure check.)

The alleged sexual encounter is said to have taken place at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament in July 2006. In fact, this is the same golf tournament where another one of Trump's alleged sexual encounters took place. Adult film actress Jessica Drake - who is one of Trump's twenty accusers - says she was at the event when Donald grabbed her, kissed her and offered her $10,000 for sex.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Michael Cohen calls the allegations "outlandish" and says that Trump "once again vehemently denies" the encounter. The official White House position is that all the women are lying, and Congress seems reluctant to conduct any kind of investigation. But maybe this scandal gives hope to disgraced figures like Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and Senator Al Franken. If you're accused of sexual misconduct, just run for President as a Republican. You'll never lose your job.