Stormy Daniels says she will take the stand in Trump case
Adult entertainer Stormy Daniels has declared her readiness to testify in the upcoming "hush money" trial of former President Donald Trump in New York.
The trial revolves around allegations that Trump paid Daniels, an adult film actress, to remain silent about an alleged affair during the 2016 election campaign, as the Daily Mail reported.
This payment, reportedly in the amount of $130,000, is said to have been made while Trump's wife, Melania, was pregnant with their son Barron.
Background of the Allegations
The charges, historic as they are the first criminal charges against a former president, are linked to payments made through a limited liability company to Trump's ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Trump, maintaining his innocence, insists these payments were legitimate business expenses, not illegal political contributions.
Daniels, 44, expressed her preparedness for testimony on her podcast, Beyond the Norm, acknowledging the heightened attention surrounding the case.
She said, "Obviously, things have been next-level crazy, since I am set to testify in, at this point in time, March — obviously, that can change any moment — in the hush money case."
Details of the Alleged Encounter
Daniels has previously spoken about her alleged encounter with Trump in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.
She recounted dining with Trump in his hotel suite, where a playful interaction involving a golf magazine occurred.
According to Daniels, during this meeting, Trump compared her to his daughter, praising her as smart and beautiful.
After the alleged encounter, Daniels claimed to have continued communication with Trump.
She met him again in 2007 in Los Angeles, with discussions about her possibly appearing on his TV show, Celebrity Apprentice. Daniels asserts that Trump expressed interest in another sexual encounter, which she declined.
The Non-Disclosure Agreement
In the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Daniels signed a non-disclosure agreement to keep the alleged affair confidential in exchange for a $130,000 payment.
This agreement, facilitated by her then-lawyer Keith Davidson and Cohen, notably lacked Trump's signature.
The arrangement came into the public eye in 2018 following a Wall Street Journal report, leading to Cohen's admission of making the payment with his own funds and absent any Trump directive.
Trump's Legal Challenges
Trump is currently facing 34 felony charges of falsifying business records as the result of an indictment by a Manhattan grand jury, making him the first former president to face criminal charges.
Additional criminal charges have been filed against him in Florida, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.