Adult movie actress Stormy Daniels purportedly denied having an extramarital affair with Donald Trump back in 2006, but she told a different story in 2011, according to a recently rediscovered magazine interview published Wednesday.
InTouch magazine has just made public a 7-year-old interview with Daniels in which she claims that a sexual relationship with Trump began after she met the future president at a celebrity golf tournament in July 2006 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
“I actually don’t even remember why I did it but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please don’t try to pay me,’” Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said in the 2011 interview. “And then I remember thinking, ‘But I bet if he did, it would be a lot.’”
In an article headlined “Donald Trump Cheated on Melania With Me,” InTouch asserts that Daniels told the magazine that she and Trump — then the host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” — had several more encounters over the next few years after the Tahoe meeting.
“Whether you’re a fan of his or not, which I never really was, you gotta admit he’s pretty fascinating,” she said in the interview. “We had really good banter. He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart just like his daughter.”
InTouch said that Daniels’ story was corroborated in 2011 “by her good friend Randy Spears and supported by her ex-husband, Mike Moz.”
NBC News has reached out to Daniels, Spears, Moz and the White House for comment on the InTouch interview but received no response.
The InTouch interview surfaced after The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money a month before the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen also provided a statement that was signed in the name of Daniels that called rumors of the affair and hush money “completely false.”
“When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence,” reads the letter, which begins “TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.”
On Tuesday, Daniels’ friend and fellow adult-film actress Alana Evans told Megyn Kelly of NBC’s “Today” that Trump invited her to join them for a “party” in his Lake Tahoe hotel room. She declined but said she had an inkling of the kind of party Trump and Daniels had in mind.
“If you’re inviting me to a hotel room to hang out with another man and a girlfriend of mine, it’s very easy for you to believe that there’s going to be more going on than just playing cards or Scrabble,” Evans said.
Evans said she called Daniels the next morning and got the scoop.
“She says, ‘Well picture this, Donald Trump chasing me around the bedroom in his tighty whities,” Evans told Kelly. “Isn’t something that you forget.”
Following Evans’ appearance on “Today,” Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, released a statement to NBC News. “There rumors have circulated time and again since 2011,” Cohen said. “Once again, President Trump vehemently denies any such occurrence, as has Ms. Daniels.” But, notably, Cohen did not deny paying Daniels to keep quiet.
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Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg has also reported that Daniels told him in 2016 she had a yearlong affair with Trump after meeting him at a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada in 2006. He said they were in talks about publishing her account when Daniels stopped responding to his calls and text messages about a week before the presidential election.
According to InTouch, Daniels said her affair with Trump began after he invited her to dinner and she showed up at his hotel room where she was met by a bodyguard named “Keith.” Trump did have a bodyguard named Keith Schiller who left the White House in September.
Inside the hotel room, Daniels allegedly said she found Trump sprawled out on a couch in pajama pants and watching TV.
“I was like, ‘Ha, does Mr. Hefner know that you stole his outfit?'” Daniels told the magazine, referring to late pajama-wearing Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. “We ended up having dinner in the room.” Daniels said neither of them touched alcohol and that Trump peppered her with “business questions” while she teased him about his hair and asked about his wife, Melania, who just four months earlier had given birth to their son Barron.
“He goes, ‘Oh, don’t worry about her,’” Daniels told the magazine.
Daniels said they talked for hours and that after she went to the bathroom she found Trump “sitting on the bed and he was like, ‘Come here.’ And I was like, ‘Ugh, here we go.’”
The sex, Daniels said, was “nothing crazy.”
In the interview, Daniels said she later told the porn actor Randy Spears about the encounter, who then confirmed to InTouch that they had that conversation.
“I think she got a kick out of the fact that it was Donald Trump,” Spears told the magazine.
Daniels claimed to the magazine that Trump was “smitten” with her, called her “honeybunch,” and promised to get her a part on “The Apprentice.”
“It was almost like he was so taken with me that I could move him around like a puppet,” she said.
Daniels told InTouch that she visited Trump at his office in Trump Tower and saw him at several other events after that, including the Miss USA Pageant in 2007. She said she spoke to him by phone several times as well, and her now ex-husband Michael Mosny, aka Michael Moz, sometimes listened in.
Her last call from Trump, according to the article was “in late 2009 or early 2010.”
Since then, however, Daniels has denied the affair — even after her former Wicked Pictures actress Jessica Drake joined a dozen or so women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Drake said her ugly encounter with Trump happened at the same golf tournament where he met Daniels.