In a brand new interview with Anderson Cooper, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels alleged that she was warned to maintain quiet about having intercourse with now president Donald Trump and mentioned she was warned to not come ahead about her expertise.
In an interview with 60 Minutes, the performer mentioned the encounter occurred in Lake Tahoe, California, in July 2006. Trump has repeatedly denied that he had intercourse with Daniels, and she or he had beforehand signed a nondisclosure settlement for $130,000 that mentioned the 2 had by no means had intercourse. She now says Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, and his associates “made it sound like I had no choice” however to signal. “The exact sentence used was, ‘They can make your life hell in many different ways,'” she mentioned. (60 Minutes famous that Cohen has denied threatening Daniels, and CNN reported on a letter it obtained from Cohen’s lawyer, despatched to Daniels’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, denying that Cohen “was responsible for an alleged thug who supposedly visited Ms. Clifford, while she was with her daughter, and made an alleged threat to Ms. Clifford.”)
Within the interview with 60 Minutes, Daniels mentioned she met Trump in his resort suite throughout a star golf event and that Trump tried to impress her by exhibiting her with himself on the quilt. She then claimed that she used that journal to spank him.
That night time, she claimed, they went on to have intercourse. “I didn’t say no. I’m not a victim,” she mentioned to Cooper, noting that their encounter was consensual. She additionally instructed Cooper that Trump talked about getting her a spot on The Apprentice, his reality-TV competitors, although the casting by no means got here to fruition. “That part I never believed,” she says.
60 Minutes famous that in Might 2011, Daniels opted to go public along with her expertise by way of a sister publication of InTouch journal. (The Daily Beast reported on the interview’s existence in January 2018.) However she says that when the journal tried to succeed in Trump for touch upon the story, Cohen threatened to sue and the story was dropped. Later, she says, somebody got here as much as her in a health club parking zone whereas she was along with her daughter; she remembers he instructed her to “‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.'”
“And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.” She additionally famous that she did not report the alleged incident to the police as a result of she was “scared.”
In October 2016, mere weeks earlier than the presidential election, Daniels signed a nondisclosure settlement for a reported sum of $130,000, which Cohen says was his cash and never Trump’s. “I believe, without a shadow of a doubt, in my heart […] that I was doing the right thing,” she defined of the choice. “I turned down a large payday multiple times because one, I didn’t want to kiss and tell and be labeled all the things that I’m being labeled now. I didn’t want to take away from the legitimate — and legal, I’d like to point out — career that I’ve worked very hard to establish,” she added, pointing to her adult-film profession which a number of pundits have used against her within the try to discredit her. “And most importantly, I did not want my family and my child exposed to all the things that she’s being exposed to right now. Because everything that I was afraid of coming out has come out anyway.”
These allegations might have greater implications for the Trump administration. Trevor Potter, who was appointed by George H. W. Bush to function the chairman of the Federal Election Fee, mentioned to 60 Minutes that an “in-kind contribution by Cohen to the Trump campaign, […] is about $126,500 above what he’s allowed to give. And if he does this on behalf of his client, the candidate, that is a coordinated, illegal, in-kind contribution by Cohen for the purpose of influencing the election, of benefiting the candidate by keeping this secret.” Some see this as one other crimson flag for the purported goings-on of the Trump presidential marketing campaign, which has come below scrutiny because the investigation into Russia’s alleged involvement within the 2016 election has deepened.
According to 60 Minutes, White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t reply to requests for remark from the president. The CBS present did obtain a letter from Charles More durable, an lawyer representing President Trump. In his letter, More durable requested that the present’s report embody this passage from a press release signed by Daniels in January: “My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more.”
Of signing the October nondisclosure settlement, though she acknowledges it was a lie, Daniels mentioned, “I felt intimidated and honestly bullied. And I didn’t know what to do. And so I signed it. Even though I had repeatedly expressed that I wouldn’t break the agreement, but I was not comfortable lying.”
Daniels instructed 60 Minutes throughout her interview, “I have no reason to lie. I’m opening myself up for, you know, possible danger and definitely a whole lot of sh*t.” 60 Minutes famous that she might be fined as much as 1,000,000 for breaking the nondisclosure settlement, which Avenatti says was by no means a binding contract as a result of Trump didn’t signal it. (Cohen says that solely his signature was required.) When Cooper requested her what she thinks about the truth that the president is watching, she mentioned, “Well, he knows I’m telling the truth.”
Daniels additionally addressed critics who argue that she’s being opportunistic and solely talking out following the tales introduced ahead by the Time’s Up and Me Too actions. However, she instructed Cooper, that’s not what that is: “This isn’t a ‘Me Too.’ I used to be not a sufferer. I’ve by no means mentioned I used to be a sufferer. I believe making an attempt to make use of me to additional another person’s agenda does horrible harm to people who find themselves true victims.”