Adult film star Stormy Daniels further complicated the controversy surrounding her reported fling with President Donald Trump on Tuesday when, in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she appeared to dismiss a recently released statement denying the affair.
Hours before appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” after Trump’s first State of the Union address, a statement was released on behalf of Daniels which, in part, read:
“Over the past few weeks, I have been asked countless times to comment on reports of an alleged sexual relationship I had with Donald Trump many, many, many years ago … I am denying this affair because it never happened. I will have no further comment on this matter.”
However, some, including Kimmel, pointed out that the signature on Tuesday’s statement does not seem to match signatures on past statements or her autographed headshots:
1. Signed statement from Stormy sent by Michael Cohen when story first surfaced
2. BuzzFeed obtained this signed statement today. We don’t know who sent it in.
3. Stormy’s autograph.
Look at the difference. The BuzzFeed obtained one looks very different. pic.twitter.com/aUklu9QUZ1
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) January 30, 2018
“Did you sign this letter that was released today?” Kimmel asked. “I don’t know, did I?” Daniels replied. “That doesn’t look like my signature, does it?”
Kimmel then pressed Daniels on whether or not she knew the origin of the statement. “I do not know where it came from,” she answered.
While Daniels appeared to signal that the statement wasn’t hers during the broadcast, her lawyer, Keith Davidson, told the Guardian she was simply “having fun on Kimmel and being her normal playful self.”
“The signature is indeed hers as she signed the statement today in the presence of me and her manager, Gina Rodriguez.”
The interview followed a bombshell report by The Wall Street Journal that alleged that the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid the adult film star $130,000 in hush money just before the 2016 election in order to keep her quiet about an affair she had with Trump in 2006, shortly after Melania Trump gave birth to Barron.
The White House has denied the affair, calling it “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”