Tuesday 24 April 2018

US braced for porn star to tell all on 'Trump affair'

Stormy Daniels, left, during an interview with Anderson Cooper which will air on Sunday, March 25, on
Stormy Daniels, left, during an interview with Anderson Cooper which will air on Sunday, March 25, on "60 Minutes." (CBS News/60 Minutes via AP)

Rob Crilly

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, claims her years in the adult film industry will help her cope with the scrutiny after a much-anticipated interview.

Mr Trump's allies tried to play down the expected impact of the interview with CBS's flagship current affairs show '60 Minutes' which was due to be broadcast last night.

But during the run-up even the actress's lawyers said they did not know which claims and comments would be broadcast, stoking a growing sense of anticipation.

Daniels - real name Stephanie Clifford - said she was trying to take it in her stride. "Being in the adult industry, I've developed a thick skin and maybe a little bit of a dark sense of humour," she told the 'Washington Post'. "But nothing could truly prepare someone for this."

It emerged earlier this year that Daniels was paid $130,000 (€105,000) by Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as part of a non-disclosure agreement before the 2016 US election, leading to allegations that the payment amounted to an illicit contribution to the Trump campaign.

She has spoken previously about the alleged affair, including tweeting recently: "Technically I didn't sleep with the POTUS 12 years ago. There was no sleeping (hehe)."

Christopher Ruddy, CEO of the Newsmax website and a friend of Mr Trump, played down its significance. "This is politically motivated to hurt or embarrass [Mr Trump] ... I think the American people are really dismissing this as political witch hunts," he said.

Telegraph.co.uk

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