Amid publicity tour, porn star denies affair with Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels, in the midst of a publicity tour fueled by past allegations of a 2006 sexual relationship with Donald Trump, said in a statement Tuesday the alleged affair never occurred.
A lawyer for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, confirmed the statement was authentic but didn’t offer any further details.
The statement comes at a curious time for Clifford, who is scheduled to appear following the president’s State of the Union address on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” In recent weeks, she changed production companies, gave a television interview and promoted strip club appearances with a risque play on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, denies there was any affair.
Clifford’s allegation, first made in 2011 and then again a month before the election, went mostly unnoticed until The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Cohen brokered a $130,000 payment to Clifford to keep her from publicly discussing it.
A week after that report, In Touch magazine printed a 5,000-word interview it conducted with Clifford in 2011 but never published after Cohen threatened the tabloid with a lawsuit, the Associated Press has previously reported.
In her statement Tuesday, Clifford said she wasn’t denying the affair because she was paid “hush money,” but rather “because it never happened.”