She claimed that Trump had paid her a $130,000 ‘hush money’ payment to keep quiet about their sexual encounter in the run up to the 2016 election.
Following New York prosecutors’ investigations into the payment, a grand jury in March 2023 indicted Trump on charges linked to business and fraud.
While Trump vehemently denies having sex with Daniels, Trump admitted in 2018 that he authorized the payment to Ms Daniels. He said on Twitter that he paid his lawyer Michael Cohen a ‘monthly retainer’ to stop the ‘false accusations’ made by Daniels after denying knowledge of any payment for years.
About their sexual encounter Daniels said in March 2023 that they had ‘textbook generic sex‘.
Trump has labelled the accusations and indictment as politically motivated and a ‘witch hunt’ forged by his Democratic opponents.
Trump is now the first former president to face criminal charges.
Stormy Daniels (right) rose to fame outside the adult film industry for her alleged affair with former president Donald Trump (left) (picture taken in 2006)
Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, speaks as she departs federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 16, 2018
Who is Stormy Daniels and how did she enter the porn business?
Born in 1979 in Louisiana, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – where she developed a passion for riding horses and writing.
In an interview with the New York Times, Daniels said that she wanted to be a journalist when she was younger and that she was also interested in working with animals growing up.
Daniels, who has described herself as ‘smart’ on social media, is also remembered as ‘serious’ and ‘unobtrusive’ in her earlier years, according to her former colleagues.
‘I wasn’t like the popular girl, and I wasn’t the jock, and I wasn’t the ditz. I don’t know. I was just sort of in the middle of the road,’ Daniels told the Times about her status in school.
She continues to compete in equestrian shows, which she takes very personally, one of her trainers, Dominic Schramm, told the Times.
Before working in the porn industry, Daniels had her first experience stripping at the early age of 17. She later began working at the local Gold Club in Geismar.
Born in 1979 in Louisiana, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – where she developed a passion for riding horses and writing
In 2011, Daniels decided to try and sell a story about their relationship to In Touch weekly
As she rose in the ranks of adult film she won numerous industry awards and has been inducted into several porn halls of fame.
She later also incorporated her love for writing as she worked as a director and writer in the adult film industry.
Daniels also acted in mainstream films and videos, like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and a Maroon 5 video.
Like her alleged affair partner, Daniels wanted to go into politics in 2010 when she considered running for a US senate seat in Louisiana but called of her run as she said she would not be taken seriously.
What does Stormy Daniels claim happened between her and Donald Trump and when did she first make the claims?
Daniels said she first met Trump in 2006 at a charity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, a resort area located between California and Nevada.
She first made the claims in 2011, shortly after her political aspirations failed when she withdrew her candidacy for a Louisiana senate seat.
She told In Touch Weekly in an interview – which was fully released in January 2018 – that Trump invited her to dinner and told her to meet him in his hotel room.
‘He was sprawled out on the couch, watching television or something. He was wearing pyjama pants,’ she said.
Daniels claims that Trump invited her to dinner after being introduced to him at a golf event and she met him at his hotel suite
Daniels claims the pair then had sex in Trump’s hotel room, which Trump has repeatedly denied since Daniels first came forward.
The alleged sex affair is said to have taken place just four months after Trump’s youngest child Barron was born, his only child with his third wife Melania.
‘It may have been the least impressive sex I’d ever had, but clearly, he didn’t share that opinion,’ Daniels wrote in her memoir, published in 2018.
Daniels claimed she was threatened to stay quiet about the affair in an interview in March 2018, during which she said a man approached her in a Las Vegas car park in 2011. She said he told her to ‘leave Trump alone’ after she agreed to speak to In Touch Weekly about the alleged affair.
When did the claims about Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump resurface?
Rumours of the alleged affair resurfaced in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.
An article in the Wall Street Journal claimed Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen had bought Daniels’ silence with a one-off payment of $130,000 in October, one month before the election in November.
The money reportedly came with a non-disclosure agreement for Daniels, which said that she couldn’t talk about the affair.
Trump’s White House denied the allegations. His lawyer Michael Cohen also denied paying any hush money to Daniels, only to confess in February 2018 that he paid her $130,000 – ‘out of his own pocket and without Trump’s knowledge’.
On May 3, 2018, Trump admitted that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment but denied ever having an affair with Daniels.
Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti argued that since Cohen received the non-disclosure agreement while working in an office in the Trump Tower, there can’t really be a separation between Cohen and Trump.
Daniels wrote a memoir, Full Disclosure, that published in 2018
An article in the Wall Street Journal claiming Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen (pictured) had bought Daniels’ silence with a one-off payment of $130,000 in October, one month before the election in November. The money reportedly came with a non-disclosure agreement for Daniels, which said that she couldn’t talk about the affair
Daniels’ (left) lawyer, Michael Avenatti (right), has argued that since Cohen received the non-disclosure agreement while working in an office in the Trump Tower, there can’t really be a separation between Cohen and Trump