Stormy Daniels detailed an alleged 2006 affair with President Donald Trump, saying in an interview aired Sunday on 60 Minutes she was threatened to remain silent about the encounter.
The threat was allegedly made in a parking lot in Las Vegas as Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was preparing to go to an exercise class with her then infant daughter in 2011.
A man approached her, she said, as she was preparing to remove her daughter from her car.
“Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,” the man said, according to Daniels. As he looked at her daughter, he added: “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”
Trump did not respond to reporters’ shouted questions at the White House Sunday evening about whether or not he would watch the interview.
Throughout the exchange Daniels emphasized she is not a victim, and said the one time she had sex with Trump it was consensual.
The tryst happened in Trump’s hotel suite in Lake Tahoe, Daniels said. After mocking Trump for showing her a magazine with him on the cover, she told him to give it to her.
“Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it,” she recalled saying. “And I’ll never forget the look on his face.”
“I don’t think anyone’s ever spoken to him like that, especially, you know, a young woman who looked like me. And I said, you know, ‘Give me that,’ and I just remember him going, ‘You wouldn’t.’ Hand it over. And– so he did, and I was like, turn around, drop ’em,” she said. “He turned around and pulled his pants down a little — you know had underwear on and stuff and I just gave him a couple swats.”
The alleged affair happened just after Trump’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.
The president and first lady were in separate states when the interview aired Sunday evening.
Trump has denied the affair ever took place.
Daniels declined to confirm whether or not she has evidence of the affair, saying her lawyer has recommended she not comment on the matter. Michael Avenatti, her lawyer, posted a photo on Twitter Thursday of a disc in what appears to be a safe with the caption: “If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” how many words is this worth?????”
Avenatti appeared to brush aside suggestions he could be bluffing during the 60 Minutes interview.
“You should ask some of the other people in my career when they’ve bet on me bluffing,” he told Anderson Cooper. “My client is credible. She’s tellin’ the truth.”
Daniels received a $130,000 dollar payment from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in the run up to the 2016 election that was meant to prevent her from telling her story. But she has gone on to seek to have the agreement invalidated because Trump never signed it.
Asked what she would tell Trump if he was watching the interview, Daniels said, “He knows I’m telling the truth”.