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Stormy Daniels testifies she had sex with Trump, defence attacks her credibility

Stormy Daniels testifies she had sex with Trump, defence attacks her credibility
epa11325774 Former US President Donald Trump (C) approaches to speak to the press, with his lawyer Todd Blanche (R), after attending his criminal trial at New York State Supreme Court in New York, New York, USA, 07 May 2024. Trump is facing 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign. EPA-EFE/SARAH YENESEL / POOL

NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters) - Porn star Stormy Daniels described her 2006 encounter with Donald Trump in unflattering terms at his criminal trial on Tuesday, testifying she tried not to think about the sex while it took place and feared it would become public.

By Luc Cohen, Jack Queen and Andy Sullivan

For several hours Daniels, 45, offered riveting details on the witness stand about her encounter with Trump, 77, and the hush money deal she reached to stay quiet about it ahead of the 2016 election when he won the White House.

She told jurors that her life descended into “chaos” after the arrangement was made public in 2018, saying she was ostracized and harassed at her home.

“Who do you understand Mr. Trump to be referring to as horseface and sleazebag in this post?” prosecutor Susan Hoffinger asked her as she displayed a social media post by Trump.

“Me,” Daniels replied.

Daniels’ testimony provided fodder for Trump’s lawyers to seek a mistrial, arguing that details, such as her statement that Trump did not wear a condom, served no purpose other than to inflame the jury. Justice Juan Merchan denied that request but agreed that some of her testimony ran too far afield.

Trump’s lawyers attacked her credibility and grilled her about inconsistent statements she has made over the years about her time with Trump.

Daniels also conceded that she “hates” Trump and wanted to make money off her story. Her explanation for why she went public after seven years of silence and denials also was unclear.

Trump, the Republican candidate for president again this year, did not react as he watched from the defence table. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying business records to cover up a $130,000 hush money payment to Daniels and denies having sex with Daniels.

His legal team has suggested that Daniels was angling for a spot on “The Apprentice,” a popular reality TV show then hosted by Trump, a New York real estate mogul.

Daniels confirmed that she hoped he would cast her on the show following their encounter.

“This was a very big day, a very revealing day. As you see their case is totally falling apart,” Trump told reporters outside the courtroom at the end of the day. The trial resumes on Thursday when Daniels will again take the stand.

 

‘ONLY WAY YOU’RE GETTING OUT OF THE TRAILER PARK’

Daniels said Trump made sexual advances after inviting her to his hotel suite at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Daniels testified she grew up as the daughter of a low-income single mother.

She said Trump told her: “This is the only way you’re getting out of the trailer park.”

Daniels said she “blacked out” despite consuming no drugs or alcohol after Trump prevented her from leaving the room by blocking the door. She said she woke up on the bed with her clothes off.

“I was trying to think about anything other than what was happening there,” Daniels testified.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she did not tell Trump to stop. “I didn’t say anything at all,” she said. She said she left the hotel room quickly afterward.

The Republican politicianwho served as president from 2017 to 2021, says the trial is an attempt to hobble his attempt to win back the White House from Democratic President Joe Biden in a Nov. 5 election.

Wearing a black outfit and black glasses, Daniels testified that she worked in strip clubs and pornography after a childhood in which her mother was often gone for days at a time.

 

SATIN PAJAMAS AND A SPANKING

She said Trump greeted her at his hotel suite wearing satin pajamas. She said she grew annoyed by Trump’s frequent interruptions and asked him: “Are you always this arrogant and pompous?”

Trump then dared Daniels to spank him with a magazine and she obliged. “He was much more polite after that,” she said.

“That’s bullshit,” Trump appeared to say on Tuesday as he watched from the defendant’s table.

The alleged encounter took place while Trump was married to his current wife Melania.

Daniels said she confided in only a few people about the sex. She said she saw Trump at public events on several occasions in the years that followed, but then fell out of touch with him after he did not put her on “The Apprentice.”

Daniels said she was determined to keep the incident private after being threatened in a parking lot in 2011 but changed her mind during Trump’s 2016 presidential bid, when he faced multiple accusations of sexual misbehavior.

“My motivation wasn’t money, it was to get the story out,” she said.

Daniels ultimately negotiated a $130,000 payment with Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, and prosecutors say Trump falsified business records to obscure the fact that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

She testified she was eager to collect before the 2016 election because she was worried he would not pay her if he won.

The case is widely seen as less consequential than three other criminal prosecutions Trump faces, but it is the only one certain to go to trial before the election.

The other cases charge Trump with trying to overturn his 2020 presidential defeat and mishandling classified documents after leaving office. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all three.

In Florida, where Trump is accused of illegally keeping classified documents, a judge decided to indefinitely postpone the trial on Tuesday, greatly reducing the odds he will face a jury in the two federal case before the election.

(Reporting by Jack Queen and Luc Cohen in New York and Andy Sullivan in Washington; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Howard Goller)

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  • Steve Davidson says:

    While this heap of doggy-do deserves to be in jail, in many ways it would be best if his legal teams manage Zuma-like to stretch out the cases (the worst one, the secret documents one, being seen in front of an obviously corrupt judge in Florida) until the election in November so that (a) the voters hear more about what a disgrace he is; (b) his obvious ongoing dementia lands him in the nuthouse; and (c) there won’t be time for the crooked Republicans to bring in another candidate in time, and they get left out.

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