Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, reportedly paid a tech expert to rig opinion polls in favour of his boss and create a Twitter account which praised Mr Cohen as a “sex symbol”.
Mr Cohen got the expert to boost Mr Trump’s standing in two online polls, one on America’s top business leaders and another on potential 2016 presidential candidates, The Wall Street Journal reported.
He also, bizarrely, asked for a Twitter account called “Women For Cohen” to be set up which posted positive comments about himself, including his looks, according to the article.
Mr Cohen allegedly agreed to pay $50,000 for the work but in the end only handed over between $12,000 and $13,000 and a boxing glove worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter.
Responding on Twitter, Mr Cohen did not dispute the report, writing: “What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of Donald Trump. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.”