Falwell Jr. compromising pictures were in hand before he endorsed Trump: Michael Cohen - 2020-09-08

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F182.png Falwell Jr. compromising pictures were in hand before he endorsed Trump: Michael Cohen September 8, 2020, Thomson Reuters, CBC News

In his book released today, Michael Cohen, the former fixer for U.S. President Donald Trump, for the first time ties evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.'s 2016 presidential endorsement of Trump to Cohen's own role in helping to keep racy "personal" photos of the Falwells from becoming public.

As Reuters reported last year, the Falwells enlisted Cohen to keep "a bunch of photographs, personal photographs" from becoming public, Cohen said in a recording, made surreptitiously by comedian Tom Arnold. "I actually have one of the photos," he said, without going into specifics. "It's terrible."

In Disloyal: The Memoir, Cohen describes thinking that his involvement in the Falwell photo matter would be a "catch and kill" — the practice of American tabloids to obtain and then suppress unfavourable stories about celebrities — "but in this case it was just going to be kill."

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{{cite news | title = Falwell Jr. compromising pictures were in hand before he endorsed Trump: Michael Cohen | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cohen-falwells-trump-1.5715882 | work = Thomson Reuters | publisher = CBC News | date = September 8, 2020 | accessdate = September 9, 2020 }}