Stormy Daniels is now free to tell her story (once again) of her reported affair with Donald Trump.
Her manager is saying the hush is off after Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, stated publicly that he’d paid the porn star hush money out of his own pocket to keep quiet, a few weeks before the 2016 election. Cohen’s acknowledgement of the transaction apparently throws off a non-disclosure agreement that had otherwise bound Daniels’ to secrecy, her manager, Gina Rodriguez, told the Associated Press,
“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Rodriguez said.
Cohen, who in the past vehemently defended Trump, confirmed to the New York Times in a story published Tuesday that he had paid Stephanie Clifford [Daniels’ real name] $130,000 and was never reimbursed by the Trump organization or the Trump campaign.
Though Cohen declined to elaborate on why the payment was made, the first report of the money transfer by the Wall Street Journal alleged it was part of an agreement to keep her quiet.
The watchdog group Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in January, and renewed its call for an investigation into the transaction Wednesday, but Cohen maintains it was all aboveboard.
"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 told the Times. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
Clifford detailed the affair in a 2011 interview with InTouch magazine, which was released this January after the Wall Street Journal report. She said the affair, which would have started while Melania Trump was pregnant with her son, Barron, went on for roughly two years, that Trump would contact her frequently to solicit encounters, and that if she had to, she could “describe his junk perfectly.”
The actress then refused to say whether it truly was her signature on the statement when asked in her appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last month. “I don't know, did I? That doesn't look like my signature, does it?” adding, “I do not know where [the statement] came from.”