GOP mega-donor will stop hush-money payments to mistress

GOP mega-donor will stop hush-money payments to mistress
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Top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy will reportedly stop making payments to an ex-mistress who signed a hush-money agreement that was orchestrated by Michael Cohen, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE's former personal lawyer. 

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Broidy, a venture capitalist who stepped down from his post at the Republican National Committee (RNC) in April, agreed to pay former Playboy model Shera Bechard $1.6 million.


Broidy was prepared to make payments in eight different installments starting in late 2017. The Journal reported in April that those payments to Bechard were made so she would remain silent about their affair. Bechard has said she became pregnant during the affair with Broidy, which lasted more than a year.  

Broidy is reportedly withholding the third installment of $200,000 because of an alleged breach of the nondisclosure agreement. Broidy's lawyer, Chris Clark, told the Journal that Bechard's lawyer, Keith Davidson, improperly discussed the details of the arrangement with Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti is representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against Trump and Cohen over a nondisclosure agreement related to an alleged 2006 affair with Trump. 

“Elliott specifically was paying for confidentiality that would shield his family from the embarrassing mistake he made,” Clark said. “We can prove there was an intentional breach that renders the contract null and void.”

A spokesman for Davidson denied the allegations, and Avenatti said that he would neither confirm nor deny "what information I have about this, whether it’s all been disclosed yet, or where I learned it. But I would encourage Ms. Bechard to disclose everything she knows about this situation to the public.”

Broidy stepped down from his post on the RNC finance committee earlier this year after admitting to making payments to Bechard. His resignation in April came shortly after the FBI raided Cohen's home, office and hotel after a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller

Federal agents are investigating Cohen for improper lobbying activities and campaign finance law violations.