Com­ments out­rage porn stars

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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

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