In a newly published interview with Stephanie Clifford from 2011, the pornographic actor acknowledges an affair with Donald Trump – contradicting a denial produced by the president’s legal team last week.
Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, described her 2006 rendezvous with Trump in a Lake Tahoe hotel suite in detail to InTouch magazine. Her account was reportedly corroborated by her friend and supported by a polygraph test and her ex-husband.
The actor said that Trump invited her out for dinner at a celebrity golf tournament at the Nevada resort in July 2006. According to the magazine, Clifford arrived at his hotel room to find him watching television in pajamas; she went on to claim that the two had dinner in the room and then later had sexual intercourse. The alleged encounter occurred four months after Trump’s wife, Melania, had given birth to their son, Barron.
Clifford shared details of their encounter, including that Trump allegedly did not use a condom and that he asked her to autograph a DVD of her pornographic movie 3 Wishes. She also said that Trump compared her to his daughter Ivanka, saying: “He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart, just like his daughter.”
She said she stayed in contact with Trump for several years afterwards, including once joining him at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Trump was “obsessively watching” Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had paid Clifford $130,000 in 2016 to remain quiet about an alleged affair. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, denied the report and produced a statement from Clifford, signed Stormy Daniels, which said: “Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false.
“If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn’t be reading about it in the news, you would be reading about it in my book.”
However, a second pornographic actor, Alana Evans, came forward on Sunday and told the Daily Beast she was invited to join Trump and Clifford in Trump’s hotel room. She declined but later claimed that Clifford had told her of the alleged encounter, saying: “All I’m going to say is: I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities.”
A White House official told the Guardian on Friday: “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”