In a statement Wednesday, Novartis said in which the one-year agreement, for which Essential Consultants was paid $100,000 per month, “predated Vas Narasimhan becoming Novartis CEO along with he was in no way involved with in which agreement.”
Novartis also said inside statement in which the idea had been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office in November 2017 regarding the agreement.
Payments through Novartis to Cohen’s company were first alleged in an explosive report through lawyer Michael Avenatti, whose client, porn star Stormy Daniels, is actually suing Trump along with Cohen to void a nondisclosure deal in which bars her through discussing an alleged affair.
Avenatti’s report claimed Novartis had paid Essential Consultants nearly $400,000; inside Wednesday statement, Novartis revealed in which the idea had paid $1.2 million to Cohen’s company.
Read Narasimhan’s full email below:
Yesterday was not a Great day for Novartis. Many of you will have seen media reports regarding Novartis’ relationship with Essential Consultants inside United States along with many of you will feel disappointed along with frustrated. You can read our full statement here. We made a mistake in entering into in which engagement along with, as a consequence, are being criticized by a world in which expects more through us.
Personally along with for my family, the idea was also a difficult day, as unfounded stories spread through the US news. While I was not involved with any aspect of in which situation, the facts did not matter. I went to sleep frustrated along with tired.
however I woke up in which morning full of determination. Determined to fight for the transformative medicines we create along with the patients we serve. Determined to fight because of in which company I deeply love. Determined to fight for all of you so you continue to feel proud, inspired along with empowered to transform the health of the globe every day. in which moment will pass along with we will learn. Our medicines however will endure for generations.
What defines us right now is actually as how we respond to in which difficult situation. I look to you to remain resilient along with keep your focus on serving patients. Together we will respond by continuing our work to profoundly impact human health. Please focus on in which noble purpose in in which difficult moment — bending the curve of life.