Sex work­ers slam Gi­u­liani for say­ing Daniels isn’t cred­i­ble

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - ByMichael Bal­samo

LOS AN­GE­LES » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s at­tor­ney, Rudy Gi­u­liani, said Stormy Daniels’ claim she had sex with Trump in 2006 isn’t cred­i­ble be­cause she’s a porn ac­tress with “no rep­u­ta­tion,” quickly draw­ing con­dem­na­tion from mem­bers of the le­gal sex in­dus­try.

“I’msorry 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 saidWed­nes­day 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” Cap­i­talMar­ket con­fer­ence.

The adult film in­dus­try took the for­mer New York City mayor to task Thurs­day, say­ing his com­ments de­mean women in gen­eral and were aimed solely at dis­cred­it­ing Daniels be­cause of how she makes a liv­ing and­not based on the facts of the case.

“The fact of the mat­ter is the av­er­age per­son in the adult film in­dus­try is gen­er­ally no more or less hon­est than any other per­son in so­ci­ety, and in the case of Rudy Gi­u­liani and Don­ald Trump, prob­a­bly quite a bit more hon­est,” said Mark Kernes, se­nior ed­i­tor of Adult Video News, the in­dus­try’s trade pub­li­ca­tion, and a long­time friend of Daniels’.

Jack­ieMartin, a spokes­woman for Vivid En­ter­tain­ment, one of the in­dus­try’s largest porn pro­duc­ers, said Gi­u­liani’s com­ments were “of­fen­sive and out­landish.”

Other ad­vo­cates for le­gal sex-re­lated in­dus­tries be­moaned Gi­u­liani’s com­ments as try­ing to si­lence the voices of women who face ex­ploita­tion.

“It’s in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous to at­tach the worth of a per­son to their sex­ual be­hav­ior,” said Christa B. Dar­ing, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Sex Work­ers Out­reach Project.

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 has 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 a Play­boy­branded limo andthe third shows him pho­tograph­ing clothed mod­els and in­ter­view­ing a Play­boy Play­mate.

Photos in whichMe­la­nia 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.

But Stephanie Gr­isham, Me­la­nia Trump’s spokes­woman, said Thurs­day: “I don’t be­lieve Mrs. Trump has ever dis­cussed her thoughts on any­thing with Mr. Gi­u­liani.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Mem­bers of the le­gal sex in­dus­try came to the de­fense of Stormy Daniels, above, af­ter lawyer Rudy Gi­u­liani said she isn’t cred­i­ble be­cause of her­work as a porn ac­tress.

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