President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, negotiated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who says a top Republican National Committee official named Elliott Broidy got her pregnant, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
According to The Journal, the deal was negotiated late last year and blocks the woman from disclosing details of her relationship with Broidy. The first payment was due on December 1, the report says.
Broidy told the newspaper he had a consensual relationship with the woman.
“At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant,” he said. “She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period.”
Broidy, who is married, is a close friend of Trump’s and works on the RNC with Cohen.
According to CNBC, Cohen was paid $250,000 for his role in negotiating the settlement.
The report says the pseudonyms for Broidy and the woman in the agreement also mirror those used in a separate nondisclosure agreement between Trump and an adult-film actress. Cohen has acknowledged he negotiated that deal shortly before the 2016 US election.
Cohen has been a staple in headlines since the FBI raided his hotel room and office in New York on Monday.
The New York Times reported that the agency was acting on a referral from the special counsel Robert Mueller, who most likely sent it because he had discovered evidence of wrongdoing connected to Cohen that was not within his purview in the Russia investigation.
The Washington Post later reported that investigators were looking into whether Cohen committed bank fraud or wire fraud or violated campaign finance law.