Stormy Daniels claims she was threatened over alleged encounter with Donald Trump
Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, has claimed she and her daughter were threatened when she first tried to go public with the story of their alleged affair, it emerged last night.
In a much-anticipated interview Miss Daniels said she had sex with Donald Trump in 2006, recanting a statement denying the affair that Trump’s personal lawyer issued under her name in January.
She said she and her young daughter were physically threatened by an unidentified man in Las Vegas in 2011 if she revealed the affair.
Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – declined to answer questions about whether she had any text messages or videos documenting the relationship after her attorney, Michael Avenatti, had hinted at the existence of such evidence in a provocative Twitter post last week.
Note: (a) not all of our evidence will be mentioned/displayed tonight – that would be foolish; (b) we are not sure what CBS will include but we know a lot from the full interview will have to be cut bc of the time allowed; (c) tonight is not the end – it’s the beginning. #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 25, 2018
Ahead of the interview’s broadcast, Miss Daniels said her years in the porn industry would help her cope with the scrutiny she expects to face in the wake of speaking out.
“Being in the adult industry, I’ve developed a thick skin and maybe a little bit of a dark sense of humour,” she told The Washington Post at the weekend.
“But nothing could truly prepare someone for this.”
It emerged earlier this year that Daniels was paid $130,000 (£92,000) by Michael Cohen, Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, as part of a non-disclosure agreement that she signed before the 2016 US election, leading to allegations that the payment may have violated United States campaign finance laws.
Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the Newsmax website and a close confidant of Mr Trump, played down its significance.
“This is politically motivated to hurt or embarrass (President Trump) in some way … I think the American people are really dismissing this as political witch hunts,” he told ABC News.
The White House has denied any sexual encounter took place.
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