In her highly anticipated interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday, adult film actress Stormy Daniels said she accepted the payment of $130,000 before the 2016 presidential election to stay quiet about her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump because she had been threatened years earlier and was still afraid for her safety.
Daniels told CBS’s Anderson Cooper that she was threatened just a few weeks after she agreed to tell the story of her alleged affair to “In Touch Weekly” magazine for $15,000.
“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. Taking, you know, the seats facing backward in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, getting all the stuff out,” she said. “And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’”
“And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone,” she added.
Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, told Cooper she “absolutely” considered the words a direct threat.
“I was rattled,” she said. “I remember going into the workout class and my hands are shaking so much, I was afraid I was going to drop her.”
Daniels did not provide “60 Minutes” with evidence that the threatening meeting she described had taken place, though she said she would “know it right away” if she were to see the man who had approached her again.
Additionally, she was never paid by the magazine, something two former magazine employees who spoke with “60 Minutes” said was caused by threats coming from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who told the publication he would sue if they moved forward with the story.
Cooper questioned Daniels reasoning for sharing her version of the rumored affair so publicly, particularly when she could be fined $1 million for breaking a $130,000 hush agreement she made with Cohen just 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. She said she felt it was important for her to “defend” herself.
“I was perfectly fine saying nothing at all, but I’m not okay with being made out to be a liar, or people thinking that I did this for money,” Daniels explained.
During the interview, Daniels also detailed a July 2006 encounter which she claims was the only time she had sex with Trump.
She told Cooper that Trump showed her a magazine with his face on the cover and said she mocked him for thinking it would impress her.
“I was like, ‘Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it,” she said. “I don’t think anyone’s ever spoken to him like that, especially, you know, a young woman who looked like me. And I said, you know, ‘Give me that,’ and I just remember him going, ‘You wouldn’t.’ ‘Hand it over.” And, so, he did and I was like, ‘Turn around, drop ‘em.”
According to Daniels, Trump then pulled his pants down and allowed her to “give him a couple swats,” before comparing her to his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
“He was like, ‘Wow, you are special. You remind me of my daughter.’ You know, he was like, ‘You’re smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you,” Daniels continued.
Later that night, Daniels claimed that she and Trump had unprotected sex, despite her questioning him about his relationship with his wife, Melania Trump.
“He brushed it aside and said, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We don’t even — we have separate rooms and stuff,” Daniels said.
She alleged that they did not sleep together again, though they did keep lines of communication open because Trump had asked her if she would consider being a contestant on his show “Celebrity Apprentice,” which she said she doubted was anything more than an attempt to keep her interested in him.
After a four hour meeting in which Daniels said Trump made her watch a “Shark Week” documentary and attempted but failed to sleep with her, Trump allegedly called to let her know the appearance on his television show would not work out.
Daniels also explained why she signed an agreement last year denying any affair had ever taken place.
“They made it sound like I had no choice,” she told Cooper. “As a matter of fact, the exact sentence used was, ‘They can make your life hell in many ways.’”
Watch the interview above, via CBS.