Anderson Cooper’s highly anticipated ’60 Minutes’ interview with adult film star Stormy Daniels (née Stephanie Clifford) aired on Sunday, marking the actress’ first ever on-air appearance detailing her alleged relationship with Donald Trump.
Daniels— who is currently suing Trump over the validity of a nondisclosure agreement she had signed just before the 2016 election , one which effectively barred her from discussing the relationship— revealed that she and her infant daughter had been threatened in a Las Vegas parking lot by a Trump goon back in 2011.
Daniels leaked details of her affair with Trump in 2011 after InTouch offered her $15,000 for an interview, one which was never published and for which she was never paid. It was during this time that the unidentified man approached her:
“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. Taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the backseat, diaper bag, you know, gettin’ all the stuff out. 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 recalled her terror in the immediate aftermath. “I remember going into the workout class. And my hands are shaking so much, I was afraid I was gonna– drop (my daughter),” she told Cooper.
Daniels explained she was too afraid to go to the police, noting how the threat played a role in her decision to sign the NDA before the 2017 election and to accept $130,000 of what she referred to as “hush money” from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. She says she has never seen the goon again, though she’d recognize him instantly.
Trump’s lawyers have threatened to make Daniels pay $1 million every time she violates the NDA. When Anderson Cooper asked her why she would risk so much to appear on ’60 Minutes,’ she explained that it was important to her to get her side of the story out. “It’s not how I wanted to be portrayed. I did not want this out there. Even though I could have capitalized on it and made money the entire time, I never did,” she told Cooper. “People are just saying whatever they wanted to say about me.”
“He knows I’m telling the truth,” Daniels added, referring to Trump. She also revealed that when she’d asked him about his wife, who had recently given birth at the time, Trump allegedly brushed her concerns away.
Anderson Cooper: Melania Trump had recently given birth to a son just a few months before. Did he mention his wife or child at all in this?
Stormy Daniels: I asked & he brushed it aside, said ‘Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We have separate rooms & stuff’
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) March 26, 2018
This isn’t the first time Trump has bullied women into silence in response to a perceived threat. Back in 2016, Miss USA hopeful Sheena Monnin said Trump tried to destroy her life after she revealed the beauty pageant was rigged.
— Lucia Graves (@lucia_graves) March 25, 2018
And, unfortunately, we still don’t know whether there is photographic evidence of the affair. Daniels gave a coy response when questioned, saying “My attorney has recommended that I don’t discuss those things.” Here’s to hoping.