Amid pub­lic­ity tour, porn star de­nies af­fair with Trump

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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 a then­mar­ried 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 has changed pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies, given 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, has de­nied 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 that in­ter­view, Clif­ford de­scribed a sin­gle sex­ual en­counter with Trump in 2006, when he was re­cently mar­ried to his third wife, Me­la­nia, as well as a sub­se­quent years-long re­la­tion­ship with the re­al­ity TV star. The mag­a­zine said it cor­rob­o­rated her ac­count with friends and said she passed a lie de­tec­tor test.

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