Meet ‘Stormy Daniels’, the porn star Trump’s lawyer paid to keep quiet about an alleged sexual affair — who’s finally telling her side of the story

Stormy Daniels.

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Stormy Daniels.
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Adult film star and director Stormy Daniels says she met President Donald Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in July 2006, and the two allegedly began an affair.

He was married to Melania Trump at the time, and she had just given birth to their son Barron.

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 out of his own pocket so Daniels would keep silent about the alleged affair.

In January 2018, news of the hush money broke, and Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was thrust into the national spotlight. Now, she’s suing Trump and accusing him of invalidating their agreement – and telling her side of the story. Her highly anticipated “60 Minutes” interview aired on Sunday night.

Here’s what you should know about her:


Daniels was born and raised in Louisiana.

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She started stripping as a teenager and soon entered the porn business.

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In 2002, she became the lead actress in a film for Wicked Pictures, a porn movie studio based in California.

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Daniels and comedian Emcee Pete Giovine greet fans in Las Vegas.
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She has won numerous awards for her roles as both a performer and a director in adult scenes and films.


She has also had minor roles in more mainstream movies, including “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” and “Finding Bliss.” She appeared in the Maroon 5 music video “Wake Up Call” in 2007.

Sources: The Daily Beast and YouTube


She’s been married three times.

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Daniels with her former husband and actor, Mike Moz.
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Her current husband is fellow adult film actor Brendon Miller.

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Miller and Daniels attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016 in Las Vegas.
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Before her marriage to Miller, Daniels stirred a bit of controversy after it was revealed that she was having a baby girl with her former boyfriend.

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Daniels with comedian Dane Cook.
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Source: The Daily Beast


In a 2012 interview, she addressed those who thought she was not fit to be a mother: “It’s just all the negativity towards the adult industry in general, or people’s fear,” she said.

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Stormy Daniels arrives at the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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Source: The Daily Beast


In 2009, she considered entering politics and challenging Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, who had been accused of engaging with a prostitute, for his seat. She told a reporter at the time that while she doesn’t think she’s the best person for the job, “I just think I’m a better choice than the senator they already have.”

Source: New York Daily News


That same year, she was arrested for a domestic violence misdemeanor following a dispute with her husband.

Source: The Huffington Post


She ultimately decided to not run for the Senate.


But in January 2018, she reemerged on the political scene, although perhaps not the way she had planned. The Wall Street Journal reported that she was paid more than $100,000 in hush money over an alleged sexual encounter with President Donald Trump over a decade ago.


In an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after Trump’s State of the Union Address last month, Daniels refused to answer questions about the payment. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, initially denied the existence of any payment.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal


In February, Cohen admitted that he personally paid Daniels the money.

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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, arrives in Trump Tower in New York City.
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“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.
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In response, Daniels’ manager said Cohen’s admission invalidates a non-disclosure agreement her client signed that forbid her from speaking publicly about the money. The manager said things have changed. “Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story.”

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Then on March 6, Daniels sued Trump, arguing that he never signed his portion of the agreement. The lawsuit also said “attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and ‘shut her up’ in order to ‘protect Mr. Trump’ continue unabated.”

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It’s clear that Daniels wants to tell her side of the story about her and Trump’s alleged 2006 affair. And she finally got that chance in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on March 25.

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Adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4, 2018.
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She told Anderson Cooper a man threatened to keep quiet about her relationship with Trump in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011. Daniels also wouldn’t rule out that there may be photos or videos proving she had an affair with Trump.

Source: Business Insider