Michael Cohen on Wednesday rebuffed an assertion made by the lawyer of a porn star that a Russian oligarch funneled $500,000 into an account later used as hush money to silence her.
"His document is inaccurate," Cohen said in a brief statement captured by NBC News in Manhattan.
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, released documents Tuesday linking Cohen to oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, claiming that the Russian billionaire helped finance Cohen's hush money payments through another company, Columbus Nova.
Further, Avenatti said $4.4 million flowed through a bank account of Essential Consultants, the company started by Cohen a month before the election, from October 2016 until January of this year. Cohen paid Stephanie Clifford, the porn star, $130,000 from his firm's account.
Columbus Nova on Tuesday confirmed that it had hired Cohen but that Vekselberg had nothing to do with it.
"The claim that Viktor Vekselberg was involved or provided any funding for Columbus Nova's engagement of Michael Cohen is patently untrue," company attorney Richard Owens said in a statement. "Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else other than Columbus Nova's owners were involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement.”
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