Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who allegedly had a relationship with Donald Trump in 2006, believes she is now free to tell what she knows, according to remarks by her manager Wednesday.
Reports surfaced in recent weeks that Daniels was paid $130,000 just before the 2016 presidential election in order to keep quiet about the alleged relationship with Trump.
President Trump has denied the entire report, and Daniels has coyly avoided it.
However, Tuesday, the news broke that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, dropped a bombshell announcement on the matter. Cohen, who has worked for Trump for over a decade, said in a statement obtained by Fox News that the 2016 transaction with Stormy Daniels was lawful and not a campaign contribution or campaign expenditure “by anyone.” Cohen claimed that he paid the porn star $130,000 out of his own pocket.
Cohen came forward on Tuesday and declared that the payment was made with his own money, and that “neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.”
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday:
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Trump attorney Michael Cohen invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories were published Tuesday: One, in which Cohen told The New York Times that he made the six-figure payment with his personal funds, and another in the Daily Beast, which reported that Cohen was shopping a book proposal that would touch on Daniels’ story, said the manager, Gina Rodriguez.
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Rodriguez said.
Daniels first detailed her account of an alleged extramarital affair with Trump in 2011, when the celebrity website The Dirty published it but then removed the material under the threat of a lawsuit, according to the site’s founder, Nik Richie.
Her story then remained largely out of public view until a month before the 2016 presidential election, when the website The Smoking Gun published an account that went mostly unnoticed by major news organizations.
In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that a limited liability company in Delaware formed by Cohen made the six-figure payment to Daniels to keep her from discussing the affair during the presidential campaign.
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