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Porn Star Stormy Daniels in NYC Hush Money Trial Alleges Sexual Encounter with Trump • South Dakota Searchlight

WASHINGTON — Adult film star Stormy Daniels told a Manhattan jury Tuesday about a 2006 meeting with Donald Trump in a penthouse suite where he told the actress not to worry about his wife and that she reminded him of his daughter shortly before they had sex.

The testimony, reported by reporters in the courtroom, described in detail the intimate physical encounter with a former president, who is now indicted in New York for falsifying records of hush money payments to the actress and director. Trump is the first former president to face criminal charges.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate for 2024, denies the meeting.

Daniels was called to the stand in the fourth week of the trial as prosecutors seek to prove that Trump covered up a $130,000 payment to silence the star during his 2016 presidential campaign.

The former president is facing 34 charges for allegedly disguising the payments, which were returned to his former lawyer Michael Cohen, as “legal fees.” The Trump Organization ultimately paid Cohen $420,000 to account for taxes and a bonus.

Book editor testifies

The trial began Tuesday with a brief appearance by witness Sally Franklin. Franklin is a director and editor at Penguin Random House, the publisher of several of Trump’s books, including “Trump: How to Get Rich” and “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire.”

Prosecutors walked jurors through excerpts from Trump’s books, including portions in which Trump claims he always personally signed checks and that he kept close track of how much money went in and out of the Trump Organization.

On Monday, the jury heard from both a former and current Trump Organization financial official about the payments to Cohen. Prosecutors used the testimony to show jurors financial documentation, including 11 checks personally signed by Trump.

The New York case is the first of four criminal charges against Trump to reach the trial stage. The chances of the other cases going to trial before the November election were further shrunk Tuesday when a federal district judge in Florida indefinitely postponed the trial date in Trump’s classified documents case, which had been scheduled for May 20.

‘My motivation was not money’

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, testified for hours, telling the jury about an unwilling sexual encounter with Trump and multiple public encounters with him over the following months as he dangled a possible appearance in front of her on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” according to reporters at the courthouse.

New York does not allow video or audio recordings in court, but provides public transcripts of the proceedings.

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Journalists reported that Judge Juan Merchan became irritated by Daniels’ long and detailed testimony, sometimes chastising her and telling her to stick to the questions. Merchan faced objections from Trump’s team, and sometimes objected himself.

The actress described meeting Trump in 2006 at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, where she was promoting Wicked Pictures, an adult film company.

Daniels initially declined a dinner invitation, but then agreed to meet Trump for the meal in his luxury hotel suite. Daniels testified that Trump answered the door wearing silk pajamas, and she asked him to change.

Daniels testified that after dinner she was shocked that Trump had stripped down to his underwear and then positioned himself between her and the door as she tried to leave, courthouse reporters said.

She testified that she didn’t say no “because I didn’t say anything at all.”

Daniels said she stopped taking Trump’s calls in 2007 after he couldn’t guarantee her an appearance on the NBC show.

In subsequent years, her story appeared on an obscure website, and Daniels said she was approached in 2011 by a man who threatened her and told her to keep quiet about the encounter.

Daniels testified that after Trump announced his presidential bid in 2015, her publicist tried unsuccessfully to sell her story. However, interest only increased in October 2016 after the release of an ‘Access Hollywood’ tape in which Trump boasts that his fame allows him to grab women’s genitals.

“My motivation was not money. It was to get the story out,” she said, according to reporters at the courthouse.

Trump and Cohen contacted Daniels’ publicist Gina Rodriguez to buy her story, after which Daniels said she decided silence would be the safest option for her and her family.

Daniels ultimately received $96,000 of the $130,000 payment after her manager and attorney collected fees, she testified.

An attempt at annulment

Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche filed for a mistrial Tuesday afternoon, arguing that Daniels’ testimony went beyond what was necessary for the case.

Blanche took particular exception to Daniels describing from the witness stand her feelings about the alleged affair and her claim that Trump did not wear a condom.

Trump fined $9,000 for violating gag order in New York hush money trial

While Merchan told the defense that some things “could have been better left unsaid,” he denied the motion for a mistrial.

Daniels returned to the stand in the afternoon when Trump lawyer Susan Necheles moved to discredit her, accusing her of making “a lot of money” from her story, according to reporters at the courthouse.

Necheles also questioned Daniels about the 2011 encounter with the man she said threatened her. At the time, Daniels was standing in a parking lot on her way to a “mommy and me” class with her baby.

Necheles questioned the veracity of the story, saying, “Your daughter’s life was in danger and you did not tell her father,” according to courthouse reporters. Daniels said she kept the story and the parking lot encounter a secret from her husband.

In a further attempt to poke holes in Daniels’ testimony, Necheles asked why the porn star decided in 2016 that she wanted to sell her story after being so afraid of threats.

Necheles said Daniels saw an “opportunity to make money,” to which Daniels responded, “I saw an opportunity to get the story out.” I have not put a price tag on it,” reporters at the courthouse said.

Merchan dismissed the jury at 4:30 PM Eastern. Trump’s team is expected to continue cross-examination on Wednesday.

In response to Daniels’ testimony, Trump posted in all caps on his Truth Social platform on Tuesday afternoon: “THE PERSECUTION, WHICH HAS NO MATTER, HAS GONE TOO FAR. MISTRIAL!”

According to media reports, the message followed an earlier message that had since been deleted. The earlier post expressed anger that Daniels was unexpectedly called to the witness stand.

Trump was fined $1,000 on Monday for once again violating his silence order, which prevents him from posting about witnesses. The former president was fined on April 30 for nine other violations of the gag order.

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