Stormy Daniels, adult film star and thorn in Donald Trump's side, finally spoke publicly about her alleged affair with Trump, sitting down with out journalist Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes.
Cooper's Sunday night interview with Daniels aired three days after he spoke to Karen McDougal — a former Playboy model also alleging a past affair with the president — on CNN. The Daniels story though is seen as having more damaging implications for Trump, with the actress claiming she had sex with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 in hush money 11 days before the 2016 election. The payment could violate campaign finance laws.
Daniels told Cooper she was speaking to finally tell the truth about what happened and expose the bullying tactics she alleges from Trump's legal team, specifically his gaffe-prone attorney Michael Cohen. When Daniels was prepared to detail the affair — which occurred while Trump was married to Melania Trump — to a gossip magazine in 2011, she said she was threatened. The adult film star and director described encountering a man in Las Vegas while she was getting out of her car with her daughter.
"Leave Trump alone, forget the story," Daniels said the man told her. "That's a beautiful little girl, it'd be a shame if something happened to her mom."
The tabloid story never ran and Daniels said she became frightened to tell it again. So when Cohen came calling in 2016, the idea of making money off remaining silent appealed to Daniels. When the Wall Street Journal reported on the payment in January, Daniels was forced to refute the affair because of the agreement, but struggled with lying. Now, Daniels claims her hush agreement is not valid — because Trump never signed the contract.
Cooper also pointed out that Daniels's agreement demanded she turn over all emails, text messages and other communications she had with Trump. Did she do that?
"I can't answer that right now," Daniels said. "My attorney has recommended I don't discuss those things." Watch a snippet of the interview below, via The Washington Post.