Sunday, January 14, 2018

Trump's Troubles - WSJ reports payment for porn star's silence

John Cassidy (New Yorker) has some interesting summaries in his morning email. Among them is this gem.

Trump Lawyer Arranged $130,000 Payment for Adult-Film Star’s Silence — The Wall Street Journal

As if the White house didn’t have enough troubles, the [Wall Street Journal reported on Friday afternoon that a lawyer for Trump “arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.” According to the Journal’s story, Stephanie Clifford, who uses the stage name Stormy Daniels, met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, in 2006, a year after Trump married his wife, Melania Trump. Rumors about the Trump camp paying off women have circulated for a long time. The Journal story quoted a White House official as saying, “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”

The WSJ report is behind a pay wall, but Rachel Maddow did [an interview with the lead author, Michael Rothfeld][rachel]:

Michael Rothfeld, financial investigations reporter for The Wall Street Journal, talks with Rachel Maddow about his reporting that Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual affair she’d had with Trump. Duration: 4:28

Trump with Stormy Daniels
Trump with Stormy Daniels

The Daily Beast provides more salacious details in Porn Star: Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels Invited Me to Their Hotel Room. ‘I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities,’ Stormy Daniels told fellow porn star Alana Evans.

Daniels met Trump at … the July 2006 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at the Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. Trump took part in the A-list golf tourney, competing alongside the likes of NFL QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees. Daniels was on-site working a gifting suite, doling out merch and greeting guests as a representative of her adult company Wicked Pictures, alongside Drake. She had by then established herself as a big name in the XXX biz, even making a brief appearance as herself in the 2005 Judd Apatow hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Trump posed for a photo with Daniels at the event, which she later posted to her MySpace page.

According to fellow porn star Alana Evans—who was not only Daniels’ neighbor and close friend at the time, but also happened to be staying in the area—Daniels confided in her that she and Trump were more than just friends.

You can read the details of all this in the Beast’s report. Or not.

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