Comments outrage porn stars
Rudy Giuliani has said that Stormy Daniels’ claim that she had sex with Donald Trump in 2006 isn’t credible because she’s a porn actress with “no reputation”, a characterisation that quickly drew condemnation from members of the adult film industry.
“I’m sorry I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation,” Giuliani said on Thursday at a conference in Tel Aviv.
Daniels’ work as an adult film actress “entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight”, he said, adding that people could “just look” at Daniels to know she wasn’t believable. “Excuse me, but when you look at Stormy Daniels,” Giuliani said, prompting the moderator to interject and tell him that he must respect women while speaking at the Globes Capital Market conference.
People in the adult film industry took Giuliani to task yesterday.
“I think his statement is dangerous and dehumanising to sex workers,” said Kimberly Kane, who has appeared in hundreds of adult films. “We are already an extremely marginalised group made up mostly of women, people of colour, trans and the disabled, people who are trying to make a living like everyone else. “Luckily for us, Americans do find Stormy Daniels credible and a powerful female to be reckoned with.”
Giuliani’s comments also drew a heated response from Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, who called for Trump to immediately fire Giuliani.
Daniels has said she had sex with a married Trump in 2006. She is fighting to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 election.
Trump has denied Daniels’ allegations that they had sex just months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son.
Trump appeared in benign roles in at least three soft-core porn films in the 1990s and early 2000s.
BuzzFeed and CNN reported in 2016 that in one of the videos, Trump appears backstage at a fashion show with two Playboy playmates and the future first lady. In another, he pops open a bottle of champagne on to a
Playboy-branded limo and the third shows him photographing clothed models and interviewing a Playboy playmate.
Photos in which Melania Trump, a former model, had posed nude surfaced during the 2016 campaign. They were taken in the 1990s for the now-defunct French magazine Max. She also posed naked and lying on a fur blanket for British GQ in 2000.
Giuliani said the first lady doesn’t believe Daniels’ claim. AP