Elliott Broidy, a prominent Republican fundraiser, resigned Friday from his position as a deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee in the wake of a report that Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, arranged for Broidy to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who claimed that Broidy impregnated her a year ago.
"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement, as cited by the WSJ.
The report is the latest example of Cohen negotiating nondisclosure agreements and payments to women who allegedly had affairs with his clients.
The week has gone from bad to worse for US President Donald Trump's embattled lawyer Michael Cohen after damning reports of yet another high-profile "hush money" sex scandal within the RNC emerged Friday.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions about Cohen and the Broidy payout Friday, saying she was "not sure" if Cohen was still Trump's personal attorney and trying to turn the focus back to critiques of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The $1.6 million sum was scheduled to be paid to the woman in installments, beginning in December 2017 and being parceled out over the course of two years, the newspaper reported.
The contract states that she had the right to seek child support payments if she chose to carry out the pregnancy, although she ultimately made a decision to have an abortion.
CNN has reached out to Cohen for comment. Daniels has sued Cohen and Trump, claiming the contract is invalid.
As described by a "person familiar with the matter", the NDA identified Broidy and the woman through some pretty familiar psuedonyms: David Dennison and Peggy Peterson.
Sources familiar with the situation said RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel had accepted Broidy's resignation from the finance committee.
"She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period".
Cohen's property was raided earlier this week by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said to be looking into allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law violations. Broidy is the chairman and CEO of Broidy Capital Management and had previously as a National Vice Chairman of the Trump Victory Campaign in 2016. He also wrote that it was "unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen's involvement. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period", Brody wrote. Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson. Last month, Broidy co-hosted a fundraiser for Trump's re-election campaign in Los Angeles. Both agreements had separate side letters that listed the real names of the parties, this person said.
Davidson and Cohen were also in communication about a third agreement involving former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal.