Back in 2011, porn star Stormy Daniels told In Touch magazine about her alleged year-long affair with Donald Trump. In Touch didn’t publish the story at the time but today they published it in their print edition and posted excerpts from it online:
It all started at the American Century celebrity golf tournament in July 2006. “[Trump] was introduced to everybody. He kept looking at me and then we ended up riding to another hole on the same golf cart together,” Stormy recalled, adding that the business mogul later came to the gift lounge her adult-film company, Wicked Pictures, sponsored and asked for her number, which she gave him, before they posed for a photo together.
“Then he asked me if I wanted to have dinner that night. And I was like, ‘Yeah, of course!’” she told In Touch. Stormy, dressed up to go out on the town, arrived at Trump’s hotel room, where she says she was greeted by a bodyguard named Keith, who let her inside. Stormy claims Trump was sprawled on the couch watching TV, wearing pajama pants. “We ended up having dinner in the room,” she revealed to In Touch.
Daniels claims that she got up to use the bathroom and when she came out Trump was sitting on the bed. She says Trump invited her over and they began kissing and eventually had sex. She says she recalls thinking “Please, don’t try to pay me.” Afterwards, she says Trump promised to call her and said he wanted to get her on the Apprentice.
You’ll have to buy the magazine if you want all the details, including Trump’s pet name for Daniels. But the Daily Beast reports that In Touch is planning to publish a transcript of the entire interview with Daniels, which runs over 5,000 words:
According to a source familiar with the matter, later this week, InTouch is planning to run the entire unedited interview it conducted with Daniels. All 5,500 words of it…
A source tells The Daily Beast that the full, unedited interview that will run later this week is 5,500 words of “cray.” Daniels didn’t leave much out in describing the affair, which involved a few more encounters in the months following their first tryst in Tahoe.
Daniels apparently signed a settlement agreement with Trump just before last year’s election. The loophole here is that her interview with In Touch happened years before she signed that agreement and the magazine is under no obligation to abide by it. The other news on this front yesterday was that Fox News allegedly spiked a story on this topic a month before the 2016 election. CNN reports:
One of the network’s reporters, Diana Falzone, had filed a story in October 2016 about an alleged sexual relationship between Clifford and Trump, people familiar with the matter said.
Falzone had an on-the-record statement from Clifford’s manager at the time, Gina Rodriguez, confirming that her client had engaged in a sexual relationship with Trump, three of these people said, and Falzone had even seen emails about a settlement.
But the story never saw the light of the day, to the frustration of Falzone, two of the people said.
“She had the story and Fox killed it,” one of the people familiar with the matter told CNN.
A spokesperson for Fox claims the network was working on the story but wasn’t able to confirm it. This certainly looks bad because of the suspicion that Fox might have spiked the story to avoid hurting the GOP nominee. On the other hand, as I noted yesterday, Slate also had the story prior to the election and chose not to publish it at the time.
As I suggested yesterday, the real issue here is whether or not Mrs. Trump believes this story. If she does, the president is in for a rough time at home whether or not Stormy Daniels is able to appear on TV and discuss this.