Stormy Daniels Testifies About Alleged Sexual Encounter with Trump in NYC Hush Money Trial

Stormy Daniels Testifies About Alleged Sexual Encounter with Trump in NYC Hush Money Trial
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In a Man­hat­tan court­room on Tues­day, adult film star Stormy Daniels tes­ti­fied in detail about an alleged sex­u­al encounter with for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in 2006. Daniels’ tes­ti­mo­ny is a key part of the crim­i­nal tri­al against Trump over hush mon­ey pay­ments made dur­ing his 2016 pres­i­den­tial campaign.

Accord­ing to reporters present in the court­room, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, told the jury about meet­ing Trump at a Lake Tahoe golf tour­na­ment in 2006, where she was pro­mot­ing an adult film com­pa­ny. Daniels said Trump invit­ed her to din­ner in his hotel suite, where he answered the door in silk pajamas.

Daniels tes­ti­fied that after din­ner, Trump stripped down to his under­wear and posi­tioned him­self between her and the door when she tried to leave, say­ing she did­n’t say no “because I did­n’t say any­thing at all.” She alleged that they then had sex, with Trump telling her not to wor­ry about his wife Melania.

The for­mer pres­i­dent, who is the pre­sumed 2024 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, has denied the encounter with Daniels. How­ev­er, pros­e­cu­tors are aim­ing to prove that Trump cov­ered up a $130,000 pay­ment to Daniels to keep her silent dur­ing the 2016 campaign.

Trump faces 34 felony charges for alleged­ly dis­guis­ing those hush mon­ey pay­ments, reim­bursed to his for­mer lawyer Michael Cohen, as “legal expens­es.” The Trump Orga­ni­za­tion even­tu­al­ly paid Cohen $420,000 to account for tax­es and a bonus.

Daniels tes­ti­fied that she stopped tak­ing Trump’s calls in 2007 after he could­n’t guar­an­tee her an appear­ance on his TV show “The Appren­tice.” She said her pub­li­cist unsuc­cess­ful­ly tried to sell her sto­ry in 2015 after Trump announced his pres­i­den­tial run, but inter­est only heat­ed up in 2016 after the infa­mous “Access Hol­ly­wood” tape surfaced.

“My moti­va­tion was­n’t mon­ey. It was to get the sto­ry out,” Daniels tes­ti­fied, accord­ing to reporters. She even­tu­al­ly received $96,000 of the $130,000 pay­ment, after her man­ag­er and lawyer took fees.

Trump’s defense lawyers moved for a mis­tri­al, argu­ing Daniels’ tes­ti­mo­ny went beyond what was nec­es­sary. While the judge denied the motion, he acknowl­edged some details would have been “bet­ter left unsaid.” Trump’s team is expect­ed to con­tin­ue cross-exam­in­ing Daniels on Wednesday.

This is the first of four crim­i­nal cas­es against Trump to reach the tri­al stage. The for­mer pres­i­dent, who main­tains his inno­cence, respond­ed on his Truth Social plat­form by call­ing the pros­e­cu­tion’s case “NO CASE” and demand­ing a mistrial.

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