Stormy Daniels says her legal ‘s**tstorm’ is ‘about to kick off again’: Porn star says ‘it’s go time’ for Supreme Court case against Trump after he left office
- Daniels said legal correspondence was ‘blowing up again’ after the inauguration
- She told former Trump fixer Michael Cohen that ‘my battle is just now starting’
- The adult film star is trying to revive a defamation case against the ex-president
Stormy Daniels says her legal ‘s**tstorm’ is ‘about to kick off again’ now that Donald Trump is out of office, as her lawyers try to revive a defamation case against the former president in the Supreme Court.
The adult film star, who was paid $130,000 by Michael Cohen to keep quiet about her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump, said legal correspondence had started ‘blowing up again’ the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Speaking to Cohen on his podcast Mea Culpa, Daniels repeated the claim at the center of her lawsuit – alleging that a man threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to keep quiet about the sexual encounter she claims she had with Trump.
She is also getting calls from Michael Avenatti’s defense team ahead of her former lawyer’s trial for allegedly cheating her out of proceeds from her book.
‘My battle is just now starting,’ Daniels told Cohen in their first ever conversation. ‘People are really upset, and they’re just going to get more p***ed off at me.’
Stormy Daniels, pictured, says her legal ‘s**tstorm’ is about to ‘kick off again’ now that Donald Trump has left the presidency
Daniels sued Trump, pictured, for defamation over a 2018 tweet in which he dismissed her claim to have been threatened seven years earlier about their alleged sexual encounter
Asked how she felt about Biden’s inauguration, Daniels said she had ‘breathed a sigh of relief’ as a citizen but added: ‘It comes with this apprehension that I have all these other obstacles that now it’s go-time on’.
Daniels said that ‘everything was just sort of on pause’ while Trump was in office, amid doubts about how far the justice system could pester a sitting president.
Daniels released this sketch in 2018 of the man she claims intimidated her in 2011
‘I think that my s**tstorm had reached like the eye-of-the-storm kind of a lull, and I believe that it’s really just about to kick off again,’ she said.
‘I guess it was like the day after the inauguration, everything started blowing up again for me.
‘People who worked for me, or former employees of mine, started getting calls from Michael Avenatti’s defense team, and they’ve set a date to set a date to talk about setting a date for the Supreme Court stuff.’
The case which Daniels is appealing to the Supreme Court surrounds her claim that a mystery man intimidated her in Las Vegas a decade ago.
She says the man told her in 2011 to ‘leave Mr Trump alone’, adding that she had a ‘beautiful little girl, would be a shame if something happened to her mom’.
Daniels released a sketch of the man in 2018, which Trump – who denies the affair – dismissed on Twitter as a ‘total con job’ and a picture of a ‘nonexistent man’.
That Twitter comment led to a defamation lawsuit from Daniels, which was dismissed by a federal court in 2018 but which the actress is taking to the Supreme Court.
‘He doesn’t get to bully me again – I have nothing left to lose, I’ve already lost everything, so I’m taking it all the way,’ Daniels said on the podcast.
Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building before beginning his prison term in New York in 2019
The Trump-Stormy Daniels saga
January 2005: Trump marries Melania
March 2006: The couple’s son, Barron, is born
July 2006: According to Daniels, she and Trump have sex in Nevada
2011: Daniels says a man warned her to keep quiet about any encounters with Trump
November 2016: Days before the election Cohen, pays Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence; Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says it is ‘absolutely, unequivocally’ untrue that Daniels and Trump had a relationship.
Feb. 13, 2018: Cohen acknowledges he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to Daniels, saying he was not reimbursed by the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign
March 7, 2018: Daniels files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has ‘made very well clear that none of these allegations are true.’
April 5, 2018: In his first public comments about Daniels, Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One that he didn’t know about Cohen’s payment.
April 9, 2018: Federal agents in New York raid Cohen’s office and a hotel room.
December 2018: Cohen is jailed
February 2020: Daniels and Cohen speak for the first time in his podcast
Describing the man who allegedly threatened her, Daniels said he ‘didn’t look like a bodyguard, a scary guy, he was actually – I hate to say – really hot’.
Cohen said he had no knowledge of the incident, saying the man was not him and that his role as Trump’s ‘fixer’ did not involve physical intimidation.
‘We really didn’t send people chasing after other people in forms of intimidation,’ Cohen said.
‘Yeah, I used to fix a lot of issues for Trump – they were basically through threats and intimidation of lawsuits, or withholding payments because a job wasn’t properly done.
‘But at no point did I ever send somebody to go physically intimidate another individual. It wasn’t part of my job description… it just never happened.’
Cohen admitted in 2018 to paying Daniels $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged 2006 encounter with Trump.
After initially denying knowledge of the payment, Trump later admitted he had reimbursed Cohen but insisted that the money did not come from the campaign.
But Cohen was sentenced for to three years in prison for circumventing campaign finance laws with the $130,000 payment, as well as other charges.
After being released from prison last year because of Covid-19, Cohen is currently serving out his sentence in a Manhattan apartment.
Daniels told Cohen that she would have asked for more than $130,000 if she had been able to negotiate the fee.
She added that she wished she could ‘wave a magic wand’ and return her life to the way it was before the Trump saga, adding that she was ‘very, very successful’.
‘I got to go places I would never get to go,’ she tells Cohen. ‘But overall, if I could just wave a magic wand and make everything go back to the way it was before, I would absolutely do that.
Daniels’ lawyer Avenatti also became a household name during the Trump presidency and even toyed with running for president himself.
But like Cohen, he fell from grace because of his own legal woes, including a conviction in New York last year for extorting Nike out of millions of dollars.
His sentencing in the New York case has been delayed, but he faces further trials in California – including on a charge of cheating Daniels out of book proceeds.
Avenatti, who denies wrongdoing, is accused of siphoning off $300,000 from Daniels’ 2018 book Full Disclosure. His trial is set for 2022.
Cohen apologizes for ‘the needless pain’ he put Daniels through when he arranged a $130,000 payment during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep her quiet about an alleged dalliance with Trump a decade earlier. Trump, pictured with Daniels, has denied the affair.
Cohen, 54, interviews Daniels, with the two speaking together publicly for the first time, in the latest episode of his podcast, ‘Mea Culpa’, released Monday evening
The hour-long Cohen podcast also includes graphic descriptions of Daniels’ alleged sexual encounter with Trump at a charity golf event in Lake Tahoe.
Daniels, 41, told the president’s former attorney she he did not feel ‘physically threatened’ but had not expected to have sex with Trump.
At one point, she said she thought about how to escape the room, thinking ‘I could definitely outrun him.’
She said: ‘Oh f***, how do I get myself in this situation. And I remember even thinking I could definitely fight his fat ass, I can definitely outrun him. There’s a bodyguard at the door. But I wasn’t threatened, I was not physically threatened.
‘I just froze and I didn’t know what to say. He had stripped down to his underwear and was perched on the bed doing his best yet horrifyingly disturbing impression of Burt Reynolds.
‘I went to sidestep and he stood up off the bed and was like ‘This is your chance.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ and he was like, ‘You need to show me how bad you want it or do you just want to go back to the trailer park.’
Daniels called the encounter ‘the worst 90 seconds of my life, for sure, because it just made me hate myself.’
Trump denies the affair.
Cohen also apologised for ‘the needless pain’ he put Daniels through when he arranged the $130,000 payment during the 2016 presidential campaign.
‘Both of our stories will be forever linked with Donald Trump, but also with one another,’ Cohen tells Daniels in the podcast. ‘Thanks for giving me a second chance.’
For Daniels, life after Trump has also included a new passion for ghost hunting and a related show, ‘Spooky Babes,’ inspired by the ‘extremely haunted’ house that bedevi;led her in New Orleans’ Garden District.
‘I’ve been face to face with evil in the most intimate way,’ Daniels said. ‘Demons don’t scare me anymore.’
As Trump’s attorney, Cohen had been hellbent on silencing Daniels, even arranging a hush-money payment to the porn actress that landed him in federal prison. But now, in an hourlong interview which also includes graphic descriptions of Daniels’ alleged 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, the two come together to broadcast her story
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