Porn star who al­leged Trump af­fair to talk

She says pres­i­dent’s lawyer in­val­i­dated nondis­clo­sure deal.

Dayton Daily News - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Jake Pear­son and Jeff Horowitz

Stormy Daniels, NEW YORK — the porn star whom Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s per­sonal at­tor­ney ac­knowl­edged pay­ing $130,000 just be­fore Election Day, be­lieves she is now free to dis­cuss her al­leged sex­ual en­counter with Trump, her man­ager told The As­so­ci­ated Press 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.

Co­hen said Tues­day 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.”

A cam­paign fi­nance ad­vo­cacy group, Com­mon Cause, had com­plained about the pay­ment to the Fed­eral Election Com­mis­sion, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

A White House spokes­woman re­ferred all ques­tions about the pay­ment to Co­hen.

At is­sue is what tran­spired in­side a Lake Ta­hoe, Ne­vada, ho­tel room in 2006 be­tween the ac­tress and Trump the year af­ter his mar­riage to his third wife, Me­la­nia.

A lawyer for Daniels, Keith David­son, has pre­vi­ously dis­trib­uted state­ments on Daniels’ be­half deny­ing there was any af­fair.

But in a 2011 in­ter­view with the gos­sip mag­a­zine In Touch Weekly, the ac­tress — who the mag­a­zine said passed a poly­graph exam — said the two had sex, and she de­scribed a sub­se­quent years-long re­la­tion­ship. The AP has pre­vi­ously re­ported that In Touch held off on pub­lish­ing her ac­count af­ter Co­hen threat­ened to sue the pub­li­ca­tion. It pub­lished the in­ter­view last month.

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