Adult film star Stormy Daniels, in the midst of a publicity tour fueled by past allegations of a 2006 sexual relationship with a then-married Donald Trump, said in a statement on Tuesday the alleged affair never occurred.
The statement came at a curious time for Clifford, who appeared after the president’s State of the Union address on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Keith Davidson, a lawyer for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, confirmed the statement was authentic.
Buzzfeed reporter Anthony Cormier contacted Clifford’s lawyer for his confirmation —
NEW: Lawyer for Stormy Daniels tells me she signed the statement today, in front of him and her PR rep. “Stormy did indeed sign both denials. … I thought stormy did a fantastic job on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. She was having fun on Kimmel and being her normal playful self.”
— Anthony Cormier (@a_cormier_) January 31, 2018
Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, has denied there was ever any affair.
On Kimmel’s show, Clifford addressed, vaguely, the legitimacy of the new statement.
When Kimmel started to read details of her alleged encounters with Trump, Clifford interrupted: “I thought this was a talk show, not a horror movie. Because this is a whole different pay scale.”
Clifford’s allegation, first made in 2011 and then again a month before the election, went mostly unnoticed until the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Cohen brokered a $130,000 payment to Clifford to keep her from publicly discussing it.
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A week after that report, In Touch magazine printed a 5,000-word interview it conducted with Clifford in 2011 but never published.
In that interview, Clifford described a single sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 when he was recently married to his third wife, Melania, as well as a subsequent years-long relationship with the reality TV star. The magazine said it corroborated her account with friends and that she passed a lie detector test.
In her statement Tuesday, Clifford said she was denying the affair “because it never happened.”
It seems like this psychotic woman likes to make up tales in order to get her 15 seconds of fame.
Times up Stormy, no one believes your deceitful story, maybe that is why she finally confessed to her dishonesty.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.