President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, facilitated a payment plan totaling $1.6 million past year to a former Playboy model who says she became pregnant by Elliott Broidy, a leading GOP fundraiser, a source tells CNN.
"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement, as cited by the WSJ.
'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".
Friday's report is the latest in a string of damaging stories about Broidy, who has faced reports alleging he peddled influence with President Donald Trump and top administration officials to win lucrative contracts in countries including Angola, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates, for his defense firm, Circinus.
Keith Davidson, the lawyer who represented Daniels at the time, also represented the Playboy model with whom Broidy had an affair.
The woman alleged that Mr. Broidy had paid her for an exclusive sexual relationship of one to two years, one of the people said. "It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement", he said.
The agents were seeking evidence that Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playmate Karen McDougal hush money after they allegedly slept with Trump more than a decade ago.
Both the White House and Cohen have denied such an encounter took place, though a legal battle is ongoing to determine the validity of the NDA.
An attorney for Cohen did not return requests for comment Friday.
Broidy added that he retained Cohen's services to strike the deal due to Cohen's prior relationship with Keith Davidson, the unnamed woman's attorney.
Broidy has resigned from the Republican National Committee (RNC). It also prevents her from pursuing "what she said were potential legal claims against Mr. Broidy, according to the person familiar with the matter".
Cohen's property was raided earlier this week by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said to be looking into allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law violations.
Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti seeks to nullify the agreement, arguing that it is invalid because it does not bear Trump's signature.
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 a year ago.
The day before she signed the contract, Davidson emailed Cohen and told him by phone that the deal was finalized, according to a person familiar with the conversation.
McDougal has since claimed in a lawsuit that Davidson was working with Cohen to keep her quiet.
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