WASHINGTON — Stormy Daniels said that she signed a $130,000 non-disclosure agreement with an attorney who represents Donald Trump because she was “concerned for my family and their safety.”
Daniels, a porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sat down with “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper in a much anticipated interview — perhaps delivering the show its largest audience of the season.
In the interview, she described being introduced to Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in 2006, and of meeting him in his hotel suite where they had sex. Though that weekend was the only time the two had sex, she continued to stay in touch with him as he dangled the prospect of getting a spot as a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Daniels said that she received a threat in 2011 that there would be repercussions if she went public with her story of the affair.
At the time, she had just sold her story of the affair with Trump to In Touch magazine, which eventually decided not to publish in the face of a legal threat from Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen.
“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. T– taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, gettin’ all the stuff out. And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”
In their initial encounter in 2006, Daniels said that Trump tried to entice her with being on his hot NBC reality show.
“He goes, ‘Got an idea, honey bunch,'” she told Cooper. “‘Would you ever consider going on and — and being a contestant?’ And I laughed and said, ‘NBC’s never gonna let, you know, an adult film star be on.’ It’s, you know, he goes, ‘No, no,’ he goes, ‘That’s why I want you.’ ‘You’re gonna shock a lotta people, you’re smart and they won’t know what to expect.'”
That evening, they engaged in a bit of flirtation as Trump boasted of his new magazine, with himself on the cover, but she refused to act impressed.
“I was like, ‘Does this– does this normally work for you?’ And he looked very taken back, like, he didn’t really understand what I was saying. Like, ‘does, just … talking about yourself normally work?’ And I was like, “Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it.’ And I’ll never forget the look on his face.”
She did give him a “couple swats” with the magazine.
She said that she did not want to have sex with Trump that evening and was not attracted to him, but that she did so anyway and it was consensual. Trump did not use a condom, she said.
After they had sex, she said, “he said that it was great, he had — a great evening, and it was nothing like he expected, that I really surprised him, that a lotta people must underestimate me — that he hoped that I would be willing to see him again and that we would discuss the things we had talked about earlier in the evening.”
They stayed in touch, but nothing ever came of the “Celebrity Apprentice” offer. They met once again, in 2007, in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she arrived while he was watching “Shark Week.”
“He made me sit and watch an entire documentary about shark attacks,” she told Cooper.
They chatted and he made advances toward her, but she left.
She said that she got a call from her lawyer after Trump won the Republican nomination with the $130,000 offer. She said that she took it out of concern for her safety and that of her daughter, and says she could have sold her story and gone public for a lot more.
“I turned down a large payday multiple times because one, I didn’t wanna kiss and tell and be labeled all the things that I’m being labeled now,” she said. “I didn’t wanna take away from the legitimate and legal, I’d like to point out, career that I’ve worked very hard to establish. And most importantly, I did not want my family and my child exposed to all the things that she’s being exposed to right now. because everything that I was afraid of coming out has come out anyway, and guess what? I don’t have a million dollars.”
In January, The Wall Street Journal reported on the existence of the non-disclosure agreement. She signed a statement at the time that denied that she had an affair with Trump, even though that was not true, because “they made it sound like I had no choice.”
“As a matter of fact, the exact sentence used was, ‘They can make your life hell in many different ways.'”
Asked who she was referring to, Daniels told Cooper, “I’m not exactly sure who they were. I believe it to be Michael Cohen.” She said that she felt “intimidated” and “honestly bullied.”
Cohen has admitted paying the $130,000, but has denied threatening her.
It was unclear whether Trump was watching the “60 Minutes” broadcast. He returned from Mar-a-Lago on Sunday afternoon, but did not answer reporters’ questions as he arrived at the White House.
First Lady Melania Trump stayed in Palm Beach for spring break.
Trump’s attorneys are now seeking $20 million in damages from Daniels for what they say were violations of the non-disclosure agreement. Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, earlier filed court papers seeking to declare the agreement invalid because Trump never signed it.
Daniels told Cooper that she decided to go public on “60 Minutes,” even under threat of further legal damages, because “it was very important to me to be able to defend myself.”