The magazine InTouch published on Friday its full interview with a pornographic actor who claims she had an extramarital affair with Donald Trump, years before his presidential campaign and ascendance to the White House.
Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, said in a 2011 interview with the magazine, first published on Friday, that she had an affair with Trump a few years earlier.
Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that a Trump Organization attorney, Michael Cohen, oversaw a $130,000 payment to Clifford so that she would not discuss the encounter. Cohen later produced an email in which Clifford apparently denied a “sexual and/or romantic affair” and receipt of “hush money”.
A White House official has denied allegations of infidelity, saying: “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”
While the magazine had previously released excerpts of the interview, in the full version Clifford details at length her 2006 relationship with the businessman, including encounters with his entourage, his teetotaling lifestyle and his phobia of sharks.
According to Clifford, Trump invited her to his hotel room at a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada in 2006. When she arrived there, she said, he was wearing “pajama pants” and watching the Discovery Channel’s yearly Shark Week on television.
“The strangest thing about that night – this was the best thing ever,” Clifford said, describing the businessman’s fasciation with a special about a shipwreck. “It was like the worst shark attack in history. He is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks.
According to the interview, Clifford met with a bodyguard named Keith and spoke with a secretary named Rhona – apparent allusions to Keith Schiller, Trump’s longtime bodyguard and briefly director of Oval Office operations, and Rhona Graff, his longtime secretary and the aide eventually blamed for plagiarizing a speech. She also describes Trump’s steadfast refusal to drink alcohol, and his fascination with magazine covers, saying “he just kept talking about this magazine that he was on the cover of, like, ‘Look at this magazine, don’t I look great on the cover?’”
Clifford also described her sexual encounters with the businessman, saying she did not use protection: “It was kind of in the moment. And I was really kind of upset about it because I am so, like, careful.”
She added: “the sex was nothing crazy”, “textbook generic” and “I can definitely describe his junk perfectly, if I ever have to.”
Clifford told the magazine, “he definitely seemed smitten after that. He was like, ‘I wanna see you again, when can I see you again?’”
Throughout the encounters, Clifford said, Trump did not mention his wife, Melania, whom he had married in 2005 and who gave birth to their son Barron in 2006.
“At the time, I didn’t think that much about it,” Clifford said. “But now that I have a baby that’s the same age that his was at the time, I’m like, ‘Wow, what a dick.’”
Asked whether she had a message for Trump, she said: “I don’t know. Karma will always bite you in the ass.”