Stormy Daniels says she felt threatened to remain silent about Trump affair

- Maret 25, 2018

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels said she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump in 2006 but signed a statement this year denying it because she was afraid of repercussions from Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

"They made it sound like I had no choice," Daniels told Anderson Cooper in a interview airing Sunday night on "60 Minutes," specifying that she feared legal retribution. "As a matter of fact, the exact sentence used was, 'They can make your life hell in many different ways."

Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, said it was not the first time she felt threatened over the affair. She said the first instance occurred when she spoke to InTouch Magazine in 2011. Daniels said an unknown man came up to her in a parking lot and threatened Daniels and her daughter.

"I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter," she said. "And a guy walked up on me and said to me, 'Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.'"

Daniels said she agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement in 2016, shortly before the November election, in exchange for $130,000 because she was worried about her family. Cohen, who organized the transaction, has said the money came from his own pocket.

"The story was coming out again. I was concerned for my family and their safety," Daniels said in the interview.

Daniels said that in 2006 she had a one-time sexual relationship with the president after meeting the then-star of NBC's "The Apprentice" at a charity golf outing. She and Trump discussed the possibility of her joining the show, she said, but the idea never came to fruition.

The White House has said Trump denies the allegations against him. Trump ignored questions from reporters Sunday about whether he planned to watch the interview.


 

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