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Donald Trump’s trial date has been set as he faces charges over money paid to an adult film star.

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A trial date has been set in Donald Trump’s hush money case, which centers on the claim he paid two women – including an adult film star – after they said he had relationships with them.

Jury selection will begin Monday, March 25, a judge ruled today, rejecting requests to postpone Assetthe lawyers.

The case centers on years-old accusations that Trump sought to bury stories of extramarital affairs that emerged during his 2016 presidential campaign.

The move means Trump will become the first former US president to be tried on a criminal charge.

Prosecutors say he paid two women – porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal — as well as a Trump Tower doorman, who claimed to have a story about Trump having a child out of wedlock. Trump denies having sex.

Stormy Daniels, seen here in January, received a $130,000 payment from Trump's lawyer.  Photo: AP/DeeCee Carter/MediaPunch/IPX.
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Stormy Daniels, seen here in January, received a $130,000 payment from Trump’s lawyer. Photo: AP/DeeCee Carter/MediaPunch/IPX

Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer at the time, paid Ms. Daniels $130,000 and arranged for the publisher of the National Enquirer to pay Ms. McDougal $150,000 in a practice known as name of “catch-and-kill” to bury the story.

Trump’s company then paid Cohen $420,000 and characterized the payments as legal fees, according to the prosecution. Trump’s legal team says no crime was committed.

The former president was at the New York courthouse for the hearing and arrived shortly before 9 a.m. local time.

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Donald Trump during his court appearance.  Photo: Reuters
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Donald Trump speaks with a lawyer during his court appearance today. Photo: Reuters

It was Trump’s first visit to the building since arriving in April 2023, when a historic indictment made him the first ex-president charged with a crime.

It’s the first of four criminal charges against Trump that will play out in court as he attempts to return to the White House. He is also faced several civil suits.

Trump’s lawyers have complained about the lawsuit continuing as he tries to secure his place as Republican candidate in next November’s US general election – saying it could amount to “election interference”.

By leaving the previously set trial date intact, Judge Juan Manuel Merca took advantage of a delay in another of Trump’s lawsuits.

His charge of conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 election is effectively on hold due to an appeal by the former president to the Supreme Court.

Trump’s two other criminal charges relate to illegally hoarding classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and criminal conspiracy to overturn his narrow 2020 election defeat in Georgia.

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