Porn star can now talk about Trump affair: Manager

Ms Stormy Daniels believes she is free to tell her story after President Donald Trump's lawyer revealed that he had used his own money to pay the porn star. His statement violates a non-disclosure agreement, said Ms Daniel's manager.
Ms Stormy Daniels believes she is free to tell her story after President Donald Trump's lawyer revealed that he had used his own money to pay the porn star. His statement violates a non-disclosure agreement, said Ms Daniel's manager.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WASHINGTON • Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who once claimed she had an affair with US President Donald Trump more than a decade ago, is now free to tell her story, according to her manager.

Ms Daniels' manager, Ms Gina Rodriguez, told Reuters that a private lawyer for Mr Trump who revealed that he had paid US$130,000 (S$170,800) of his own money to the porn star had violated a non-disclosure agreement with Ms Daniels about the matter.

As a result, Ms Daniels believes she can now talk about it publicly. "Yes, Stormy is going to talk," Ms Rodriguez said via direct message on Twitter. She did not immediately respond to a question about when and where Ms Daniels would be speaking publicly.

The payment to Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was made during the 2016 presidential election campaign but the lawyer, Mr Michael Cohen, said he was working alone and that it was not a campaign expense.

"Neither the Trump Organisation nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Mr Cohen said in a statement issued on Tuesday night.

Ms Daniels was quoted as saying in a 2011 interview with In Touch Weekly that she had an affair with Mr Trump after they met at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament in 2006.

Mr Trump has denied having an affair with her. The White House referred questions to Mr Cohen, who described the payment as a "private transaction".

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2018, with the headline 'Porn star can now talk about Trump affair: Manager'. Print Edition | Subscribe