In Touch Weekly put out its 5,000-word interview with Stormy Daniels on Friday, and it’s about as riddled with wild and shocking details as one might imagine from someone seeking to get their 15 minutes of fame.
The interview was conducted in 2011 and released in full on Friday. Daniels has claimed that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
For example, apparently, President Donald Trump, the leader of the free world, is deathly afraid of sharks. He reportedly told Daniels: “I Hope all sharks die.”
In the interview, the porn star claimed that during one of her dinners with him at his Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in July 2006, the TV in the background was playing an episode from the popular television event, Shark Week.
Stormy: I’ve never seen her. I’ve never seen her in person, ever. Then the next time I saw him was the end of July and he called me and asked if I could come meet him at the Beverly Hills Hotel. And I went. My boyfriend drove me. Keith came out and met me at my truck and walked me in. He had a private bungalow out back, which is cool because I’d never been there and I haven’t been there since. They have these, like, individual cottages there. Cool. They’re pretty nice. I went there. We had dinner once again in his room. I had swordfish that time. Once again, no alcohol. The strangest thing about that night — this was the best thing ever. You could see the television from the little dining room table and he was watching Shark Week and he was watching a special about the U.S.S. something and it sank and it was like the worst shark attack in history. He is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks. He was like, “I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.” He was like riveted. He was like obsessed. It’s so strange, I know.
The interview also produced an answer to a question every American has probably pondered at some point: What’s the deal with the Trump’s hair?
Echoing Samson from the Book of Judges, Daniels said Trump told her that he fears he will lose his wealth and power if he changes his famous 80s hairstyle.
Stormy: Yeah, no one else ever came in. He stood outside. We were talking about all sorts of things. I remember he asked me like, “I gotta ask you a question and I don’t want to get you offended” and I was like, “Trust me, you can’t.” I was expecting some sort of vulgar question and it wasn’t; it was something about how much money I make off the royalties of something. And then I remember saying to him, “Ok well I have a question for you and it IS offensive.” And I asked him about his hair. I was like, “Dude, what’s up with that?” and he laughed and he said, “You know, everybody wants to give me a makeover and I’ve been offered all this money and all these free treatments.” And I was like, “What is the deal? Don’t you want to upgrade that? Come on, man.” He said that he thought that if he cut his hair or changed it, that he would lose his power and his wealth. And I laughed hysterically at him.
Trump met Daniels at a party in 2006 at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. He invited her to dinner after meeting her on the course, and the two had dinner in his room that night where, according to her account, one thing led to the next…
…Trump was reportedly infatuated with her from that point on. She said he would call frequently and even tried unsuccessfully to get her on the Apprentice.
Daniels — 38, real name Stephanie Clifford — has worked in the adult industry since 2000 (a long time in an industry that prizes youth heavily) and was inducted into the Adult Video News (AVN) Hall of Fame in 2014. While she still performs, she’s become a prolific director in recent years too, with eight credits in 2017 alone.
The night after they met, Daniels hung out with Trump and Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at a party in the ballroom of a hotel in Tahoe. Trump had to leave early, but he asked Roethlisberger to look after Daniels.
Daniels said the star quarterback, who had won the Superbowl that year, walked her back to her room because Trump had asked him to look after her.
Stormy: After. We were still in the bedroom. We hung out for a little while and he just kept saying, “I’m gonna call you, I’m gonna call you. I have to see you again. You’re amazing. We have to get you on.” I ended up leaving and the next night I saw him again at a party. It was in the downstairs of the hotel I was in and he was hanging out with Ben Roethlisberger. When I got there, he was already with him. He had Keith, his bodyguard, call me and ask me if I was coming. When I got there, I called Keith and he told me where he was sitting and he brought me over. And he was hanging out with Ben for a long time. A couple other people around, nobody famous. Mostly people trying to hang on to them. Ben had just won the Super Bowl that year. Donald excused himself. He had to leave, I don’t remember why, and he made Ben promise to take care of me. I stayed another 15-20 minutes and Ben Roethlisberger actually walked me up to my room that night because Donald told him to. Yeah, he walked me all the way to my hotel room.
Daniels said that after the two slept together, Trump never seemed worried about Melania finding out about their liaison. She also said she never saw Melania at any of the events Trump invited her to – not even his Miss USA pageant.
Stormy: I’ve never seen her. I’ve never seen her in person, ever.
He asked me if I could stay but I couldn’t, I really couldn’t, I had to go somewhere. He also invited me to the Miss USA pageant. He left tickets for me and for my assistant at will-call. And we went. I didn’t get to really talk to him that much because there were people waiting to talk to him and I didn’t want to be that girl. So I waved and said thank you for the tickets.
Daniels said she and Trump started speaking less frequently in 2008, after he broke the news to her that the brass at NBC had vetoed his push to have her featured as a contestant on the apprentice.
Stormy: Yeah. But isn’t that weird? So strange. So we finished dinner and we moved to the sofa so he could get a better view of Shark Week. That’s when he broke the news to me that it almost went through but there’s somebody that had a problem and it got vetoed and blah blah blah. I was like, “I told you, you couldn’t make it happen.” I was pretty annoyed. He kept rubbing my leg and was like, “You know, you’re so beautiful. I love your little nose, it’s like a little beet.” I go, “Did you say a beet? Like, what the f—?” I started giving him a hard time about it. And he goes, “No, no, no, no! It’s majestic. It’s a very smart nose, like an eagle.” I was like, “Just keep digging, dude. Keep digging that hole.” Like I said, we had this banter. I was kind of mean to him. He just kept brushing my hair off my shoulder and kissing on my neck. And he was like, “So, can you stay?” and I was like, “No, I gotta go.” I left. Keith walked me back to my car. I was in there probably two and a half hours. I left and he kept calling me less and less over the coming months. I do remember, it was whatever season Tito Ortiz was on and I guess Jenna was on one of the episodes just with Tito and he called me and I didn’t watch the show, I had no idea that Tito was on it, much less Jenna. I think he was afraid I was going to be pissed. So he called me and was like, “Did you see Jenna Jameson on my show? I didn’t know she was going to go on. That’s bullshit. She made a fool of herself.” He said, “She’s a bimbo. You’re so much better.” I was like, “I didn’t even know about it.” I just thought that was really funny. Don’t care. Totally over it.
Trump bragged about his daughter Ivanka frequently, Stormy said. At one point, he even compared her to Ivanka, saying she was “beautiful and smart” just like his daughter Ivanka.
Stormy: Yup. He bragged about his daughter quite a bit though. He was very proud of her, which is nice. He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart just like his daughter. She is smart and beautiful, so I guess that’s a compliment. But as far as family, that’s all he ever said. He definitely is very proud of her, as he should be.
Daniels said she decided to participate in the interview after one of her friends told her that Trump had publicly dissed the adult entertainment industry, something that Daniels said was infuriating to her.
Stormy: That, you know, it’s ok to be friends with someone who works in the adult entertainment business in private but publicly, you’re going to bash the industry or people who work in it. It was a story that was off the record so I don’t even know if you know what I’m talking about. I guess some other chick said something and she’s not a porn star, she’s no one famous. I don’t know who she is. And he like didn’t just go, “No, that didn’t happen.” He went on some tirade how he would never be associated with someone…blah blah blah. But clearly I do a lot more than just pose for. So that just makes me wonder if he was just flat-out lying the whole time. I didn’t have any unrealistic expectations of actually being on the show; I figured my chances were 50-50, I did believe that he was shy. So now I wonder if the whole thing was just a f—ing lie.
Pressed about the affair, Daniels said she felt bad about enabling Trump to cheat on Melania. She added that she wouldn’t sleep with him again because the circumstances in her life have changed and she’s “with someone now that I feel differently about.”
The Trump administration hasn’t acknowledged the interview, which was purportedly given in 2011 before Daniels reportedly accepted $130,000 from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to keep her from sharing her story on Good Morning America, and with Slate.com.
Daniels is obviously looking to cash in on this, as TMZ has already reported she is.
Stormy’s headlining Saturday night at the Trophy Club in Greenville, South Carolina and the owner’s using the Trump scandal to lure in the curious.
This story has been out there since 2006, journalists say they held back because they couldn’t independently corroborate key elements of Daniels’ account, including in one instance from Daniels herself. The story, in other words, failed to rise to journalistic standards.
But it is 2018, and it’s all about the clicks, screw journalistic integrity.
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