It seems that the rambling narrative of Michael Cohen’s hush money payoffs is not concluding anytime soon. The Wall Street Journal, in April, divulged that Elliott Broidy, the wealthy Trump donor, had agreed to pay $1.6 million to Shera Bechard, a former Playboy model who became pregnant during the extramarital affair. Cohen, Trump’s lawyer and fixer, arranged the deal for Broidy in pursuance of suppressing the sex scandal.
But recently, Broidy’s new lawyer announced the cessation of payment to Bechard. He claimed that Bechard’s former lawyer Keith Davidson had breached the privacy of the agreement by sharing details with Michael Avenatti, an American attorney.
Now, the playboy model has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, against the meddlers of contract. First is Elliott Broidy, then there are Keith Davidson, Stormy Daniels, and Karen McDougal who negotiated the deal. Third is Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer, for undermining Daniels’s nondisclosure agreement.
Broidy released a cryptic statement in the earlier WSJ article: “I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate.” He added: “At the end of our relationship, this woman told me that she was pregnant. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period.”
Lately, Broidy’s name has been involved in several other controversies as well. In March, it was reported that Broidy was seeking to make millions of dollars, if the US Justice Department withdrew its investigation into a multibillion-dollar graft scandal, pertaining to a Malaysian state investment fund. However, Broidy’s lawyer declined his involvement, and said that he never discussed dodging the investigation with the President, or any White House officials.
Broidy is also a long-time ally of George Nader, an adviser to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, who allegedly is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Broidy had sent descriptive memos to Nader, about his meetings with Trump and other White House officials.
In any case, by backing out from the agreement, Elliott Broidy is giving Bechard an open field to tell her story, whatsoever it may be, at any platforms she prefers.