Here’s something we didn’t know we didn’t need in our lives until right now…
New reports that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, helped squash the release of x-rated photos of antigay activist Jerry Falwell Jr. mere months before the Christian extremist endorsed Trump for president in 2016 have surfaced.
According to new reporting by Reuters, in the months before Falwell endorsed Trump’s presidential bid, he contacted Cohen seeking help regarding an “embarrassing personal matter.”
Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife.”
Cohen later told actor Tom Arnold about the photographs, who shared a recording of their conversation with The Washington Post yesterday.
In the recording, Cohen is heard saying, “There’s a bunch of photographs–you know, personal photographs–that somehow, the guy ended up getting.”
Cohen goes on to say that the man was demanding cash from the Falwells in exchange for the photos being destroyed.
“I actually have one of the photos,” Cohen said. “It’s terrible.”
Reuters was unable to determine who made the demand. The source said Cohen flew to Florida and soon met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. Cohen spoke with the attorney, telling the lawyer that his client was committing a crime, and that law enforcement authorities would be called if the demands didn’t stop, the source said.
According to the source, the matter was “resolved” and the photos were “destroyed.”
Or were they?
Since the story broke late yesterday, an attorney for the Falwells rushed out a statement calling the whole thing “not accurate.”
“While the Falwells have a long-standing friendship with Michael Cohen,” the statement read, “Cohen did not ever resolve any legal matter on their behalf.”
In a follow up text, the attorney insisted “there are no compromising or embarrassing photos of Falwell, period!”