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Stormy Daniels on 60 Minutes: Adult film star says she was threatened and told to 'leave Trump alone' over alleged affair - as it happened

Mr Trump and the White House have denied the affair took place

Chris Stevenson
Sunday 25 March 2018 22:34
Preview released of Stormy Daniels 60 minutes interview with Anderson Cooper

After months of headline grabbing intrigue, adult film actress Stormy Daniels has spoken publicly about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump in her first televised interview.

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, appeared appear on CBS’s 60 Minutes, interviewed by longtime host Anderson Cooper. The interview, which was actually taped earlier this month, was broadcast even though Mr Trump’s lawyers had sought to stop the interview from being made public.

Ms Daniels claimed in the in interview that she was threatened with physical violence after she first attempted to go public with the story by a man who told her: “Leave Trump alone.”

She claimed the encounter took place in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011, some time after she had arranged for the story of an alleged sexual dalliance with Mr Trump to be sold to a magazine. Ms Daniels said was on her way to a fitness class with her infant daughter when she said she was accosted.

“A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’” she said. Ms Daniels then claimed the man, who she could not identify, “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.”

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Ms Daniels received $130,000 from a company established by Trump attorney Michael Cohen just before the 2016 presidential election. Mr Cohen said the money came from his own funds and denies it being paid on behalf of the president.

Ms Daniels told Anderson Cooper that the agreement was appealing because it meant she would receive some money but also not have to worry about the effect the revelation of the alleged affair would have on her child. She signed the agreement 11 days before the election.

Earlier this month Ms Daniels launched a lawsuit against Mr Trump and Mr Cohen claiming the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) she signed about the alleged 2006 affair is void as Mr Trump did not sign it.

Attorneys defending Mr Trump and Mr Cohen's company have filed to move the lawsuit against their clients to federal court and are claiming she could owe in excess of $20 million for violating the NDA.

In their filing, the Trump and Cohen attorneys say that Ms Daniels agreed to pay $1 million for “each breach,” and and allege that 20 such breaches have taken place.

Ms Daniels has offered to return the money paid in the "hush agreement" in order to speak freely about her alleged relationship with Trump.

Mr Trump, through the White House and his representatives, has denied that the affair took place.

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Welcome to our coverage of the interview with adult film actor Stormy Daniels on CBS' 60 Minutes about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

The White House has denied the affair took place.

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:07
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The interview is being aired in about 50 minutes. Here is what you need to know.

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:07
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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be in different states as the interview airs.

Mr Trump returned to Washington from Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday night, while the first lady will remain there on a pre-scheduled spring break, her communications director has said.

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:16
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Here is one of our columnists, Matthew Norman, on the interview.

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:31
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Ms Daniels is set to discuss the alleged affair with the president, which she claims occurred between 2006 and 2007.

Mr Trump has denied the allegations.

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:48
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Ms Daniels lawyer, Michael Avenatti has claimed that not all their "evidence" of the alleged affair will be on display during the interview - and that it is not the end of things for himself and Ms Daniels but "the beginning".

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:50
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The Stormy Daniels interview is one of a number of big-hitting interviews CBS' 60 minutes has conducted over the years.

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:58
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Although, this edition may start late as there is still live NCAA basketball on CBS at the moment, which will likely not finish for another 10 minutes.

Steve Anderson25 March 2018 23:58
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Despite the programme running late, thanks to the basketball, CBS has released the transcript of the interview, with the 7pm ET embargo having been lifted.

Steve Anderson26 March 2018 00:09
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With the basketball going to overtime, television viewers will have to wait a little longer for the interview.

Steve Anderson26 March 2018 00:09

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