The long‑term personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump has admitted to privately paying an adult film star 130,000 US dollars in 2016.
It follows US media reports that the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels was paid to sign an agreement stopping her discussing an alleged affair.
She first said she had a relationship with Trump in a 2011 interview.
The lawyer has previously said Trump denies it occurred.
The lawyer has also told the Federal Election Commission the same after a watchdog group filed a complaint about the payment, claiming that it had served as an "in‑kind" political contribution to Trump's campaign.
In a 2011 interview with InTouch magazine, the actress said she began a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006, shortly after Melania Trump gave birth to his son Barron.
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