RNC official who agreed to pay Playboy model $1.6 million resigns
- Author: Joey Payne Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 10:41
It's the latest such agreement arranged by Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer, whose home, office and hotel room were raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents armed with a search warrant on Monday, a move than enraged the president, who called it "an attack on our country".
The unidentified woman claimed Broidy got her pregnant. The contract stated that the woman declined to give proof she was pregnant, a source told the Journal.
'At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. McDougal said her lawyer at the time secretly negotiated with Cohen on a deal with American Media Inc, publisher of the National Enquirer, which paid her $150,000 in 2016 to keep quiet.
"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement, as cited by the WSJ. He paid for the woman's abortion and then tossed in an extra $1.599 million because he wanted to "help her financially during this hard period".
Broidy allegedly confirmed the affair happened, but the Playmate can not speak about the incident because of the agreement she reportedly signed in exchange for the money.
Elliott Broidy called RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel this afternoon to say that he was resigning immediately. Broidy said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, the woman's attorney. "Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson", Broidy said.
An attorney for Cohen did not return requests for comment today.
Cohen used the same pseudonyms in a non-disclosure agreement between Broidy and the Playmate that he used in a similar agreement that involved Trump and Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
According to The Journal, the deal was negotiated late past year and blocks the woman from disclosing details of her relationship with Broidy. In return for $1.6 million paid over two years, she agreed not to talk about her alleged relationship with the RNC fundraiser, and agreed not to pursue what she described as legal claims, sources said.
The news is the latest damaging revelation about Broidy.
Broidy, meanwhile, has been embroiled in controversy stemming from his work with George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who was confronted by agents working for Mueller in January and has since been cooperating with the Russian Federation probe. Markstone Capital Partners, a private equity firm he founded, received $250 million of pension fund money to manage.
In that case, he admitted he made almost $1 million in gifts for NY state pension fund officials.
His felony was later reduced to a misdemeanor, and he was spared jail time, but paid $18 million to the state in restitution.