Porn star who al­leged Trump af­fair: I can now tell my story

The Palm Beach Post - - OPINION: THE DEBATE STARTS HERE - By Jake Pear­son and Jeff Horowitz

NEW YORK — Stormy Daniels, 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 man- ager said Wed­nes­day.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, be­lieves that Trump at­tor­ney Michael Co­hen in­vali- dated a nondis­clo­sure agree- ment 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. ited 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 “Ev­ery­thing is off now, own money, and that “neiand Stormy is go­ing to tell ther the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion her story,” Ro­driguez said. nor the Trump cam­paign

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In Jan­u­ary, The Wall Street year af­ter his mar­riage to his Jour­nal re­ported that a lim- third wife, Me­la­nia.

Stormy Daniels is an adult film ac­tress.

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