120,000 euros for sex actress: Trump’s hush money trial begins in March

120,000 euros for a sex actress
Trump’s hush money trial begins in March

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A New York judge is clearing the way for a historic criminal trial: For the first time, a former US president will be in the dock on March 25th because he is said to have incorrectly recorded hush money to a porn actress. Trump’s lawyers tried to block it until the very end.

Donald Trump will be the first former president in US history to face a criminal trial from March 25th. A judge in New York set this date for the start of the trial against the right-wing populist over the hush money payment to the porn actress Stormy Daniels. The jury will first be selected from March 25th.

Judge Juan Merchan overrode the objections of Trump’s lawyers, who had described the trial date as “election interference” and called for the charges to be dismissed. The process is scheduled to begin around seven and a half months before the presidential election, in which Trump wants to challenge incumbent Joe Biden.

The Republican was indicted in March last year for paying $130,000 (120,000 euros) in hush money to Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. It was the first criminal indictment against a former president in US history. This was followed by three more criminal charges against Trump, which relate, among other things, to his attempts to subsequently overturn his 2016 election defeat against the Democrat Biden.

Trump admits money flow

In the case of the hush money payment, the New York district attorney’s office in Manhattan is accusing Trump of falsifying business documents in 34 cases. The hush money paid to the porn actress by Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen was not in itself illegal. The repayment of the money to Cohen by Trump’s real estate empire is said to have been incorrectly recorded in numerous tranches as legal fees.

According to her own account, the sex actress with the real name Stephanie Clifford had an affair with the married Trump in 2006, which he denies. The former US President does not deny that money flowed to Stormy Daniels.

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