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Here's What You Need To Know About Stephanie Clifford, The Adult Film Star Known As Stormy Daniels

According to a new report, Donald Trump gave the adult film star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, a $130,000 payment close to the 2016 election.

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Adult film star Stephanie Clifford — who goes by the name Stormy Daniels — reportedly had a $130,000 settlement arranged by Donald Trump's lawyer one week before the 2016 election after she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter years before, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

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Michael Cohen, the lawyer who, according to the Journal, arranged the payment, denied the report in a statement to BuzzFeed News on Friday.

"These rumors have circulated time and again since 2011," he said. "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

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A separate statement, which Cohen provided and said was signed by Clifford (using her stage name), said the adult film star's relationship with Trump did not go further than several public appearances.

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"When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional, and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence," the statement said. "Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false. If I indeed did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true."

"Simply because I did not fit in their mold of what an independent working woman should be, the media and political elite have sought to relegate my sense of civic responsibility to mere sideshow antics," she said in a statement.

In July 2009, she was reportedly arrested for simple battery after having an alleged domestic fight with her husband.

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