Stormy Daniels gave a rare public interview to promote her new memoir, Full Disclosure, during an appearance at popular Washington D.C. cultural hub and bookstore Politics and Prose on Monday night. In an interview with former Washington Post writer Sally Quinn, Daniels spoke bluntly and forthrightly about her purported affair with President Donald Trump years ago — and unapologetically informed attendees at the upscale establishment that she would have to leave shortly after the talk finished so she could make it to her shift at a D.C. strip club.
Speaking to Quinn, Daniels recalled her first meeting with Trump — at a golf tournament in 2006 where her film company was “sponsoring a hole.”
“Trust me, that’s not lost on me,” said Daniels, drawing laughs from the crowd. Trump, she continued, asked her to dinner but instead the two remained in his hotel room, where she said he did “his best Burt Reynolds impression, but with socks,” referencing the movie star’s iconic 1970s centerfold. Asked why she slept with Trump — especially since she’s been open about the fact that she found the encounter sexually ungratifying — she responded simply.
“I have no idea,” she said. “I’ve been asked so many times that I’m like, ‘I should make up a cool answer,’ but I’ve got nothing.”
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In the interview, Daniels also opened up about her recent spat with lawyer Michael Avenatti, who has represented her in her legal battle to invalidate a $130,000 hush agreement negotiated by Trump’s then lawyer, Michael Cohen, to cover up the alleged affair. Last week, Daniels accused Avenatti — who is also currently facing domestic abuse charges — of suing Trump for defamation and starting a fundraising site for her legal defense fund without her knowledge. The lawyer, she suggested, had since shown her an accounting of the crowdsourced funds to prove that he wasn’t misusing them.
“I hate finding [stuff] out on Twitter,” she said. “Sometimes people need a swift kick.”
She also opened up about her decision to get breast-augmentation surgery — and the impact it had on her career — as well as her decision to reveal for the first time that she had been raped when she was just 9 years old.
“When the whole world has seen your [anatomy],” said Daniels, “you have to keep something for yourself.”
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