By Isabel Togoh
Adult actress Stormy Daniels said sharing intimate details of her alleged affair with Donald Trump in her book is proof that she was “telling the truth”.
The US President became embroiled in a scandal earlier this year after it emerged his lawyer paid hush money to Daniels before the 2016 election, to hide details of an alleged 2006 affair which Trump has denied.
In an exclusive interview with BBC Newsnight, the actress told presenter Emily Maitlis that “unless he’s had a penis transplant, I’m pretty sure that’s checkmate”.
The interview follows the release of Full Disclosure, her memoir released earlier this week.
According to The Guardian, she revealed in the book: “[Trump] knows he has an unusual penis. It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool.”
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she revealed the information “to prove that I was telling the truth. I actually don’t make it a habit to kiss and tell, part of me feels guilty about doing that”.
Daniels said she did not wish to “humiliate” the president, adding: “I would never humiliate someone for no reason, or for any reason” adding that the President attacked her first.
She continued: “By recounting every detail, I think it’s obvious that I know things that only someone who had actually experienced and been there would know. And I would never have included any of those things, or kiss and tell for lack of better explanation, if it wasn’t for the fact that I was being called a liar”.
The actress also claimed people were quick to discredit her because of her work, adding: “They for some reason think that because of my job, I’m to be trusted less than someone who is perhaps like a schoolteacher or accountant.”
She said that Christine Blasey Ford, an academic who testified that US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, had more support from other women.
“I’m very grateful to all the women who have stood up and supported me, but some of the nastiest comments I’ve gotten are from other women who think that I am not worth believing or that I’m inhuman because I work in the adult business,” Daniels said.
She confirmed her alleged sexual encounter with the president was consensual and that she was not offered money at the time, but said he had spoken to her about a part on a television show.
“It was definitely not a #metoo moment. And that’s another really irritating thing, is when people think that I was either a prostitute or a victim: I was neither,” Daniels said.