Stormy Daniels

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, left, responds to questions in a Baton Rouge restaurant as part of her 'listening tour' in December 2009, as she considered running for U.S. Senate while Republican incumbent Sen. David Vitter was working to overcome a sex scandal.

Former porn star and Louisiana native Stormy Daniels was the recipient of a six-figure payment arranged by a lawyer for President Donald Trump just before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that prevented her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with the president, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal

The report says Trump's payment to Daniels, who famously flirted with running for U.S. Senate as Republican incumbent Sen. David Vitter was working to overcome a sex scandal, was for $130,000 and was arranged in October 2016.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has privately alleged the encounter with Trump happened after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, the report says.

Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, told the Journal that the president "vehemently denies" any sexual encounter with Daniels.

Trump married his wife, Melania, in 2005.

“These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” a White House official told The Wall Street Journal. 

In a statement, Trump attorney Michael Cohen didn’t address the $130,000 payment but said of the alleged sexual encounter that Trump "once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

Daniels announced in April 2010 that she wouldn't run for U.S. Senate in her home state. She said at the time she couldn't afford a run for the Senate and, comparing herself to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, complained that the media never took her interest in the race seriously.

"To begin with, like Gov. Palin, I have become a target of the cynical stalwarts of the status quo," Daniels said. "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."

Daniels' abortive political career took a bizarre turn when she was arrested on a domestic violence battery charge after she allegedly hit her husband at their home in Tampa, Fla., during a dispute about laundry and unpaid bills. Charges later were dropped.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.