- The porn star Stormy Daniels on Tuesday released a sketch of a man she said threatened her in a parking lot in 2011.
- The internet quickly began identifying celebrities who seemed to bear a resemblance to the man.
- There was disagreement. Some said Tom Brady; others said Willem Dafoe.
The porn star Stormy Daniels took to ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday with her attorney, Michael Avenatti, and released a sketch of the man she says threatened her in a parking lot in 2011 to keep quiet about an affair she says she had with Donald Trump years earlier.
The internet quickly jumped on the sketch, questioning whether the man looked more like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – who has ties to Trump – or the actor Willem Dafoe.
Brady seemed to be a favourite pick:
Turns out football is just a side job for Tom Brady https://t.co/g144Y5chcD
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) April 17, 2018
I like how Michael Aventatti negotiated ownership of the copyright of his Tom Brady sketch.
— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) April 17, 2018
Is there no level so low that Tom Brady won't stoop to it? https://t.co/iqNnxGtjsi
— Becca Stokes (@beccastokes) April 17, 2018
Am I the only one who thinks this looks like Tom Brady? https://t.co/vrAnpGX3gF
— Paul D. Shinkman (@PDShinkman) April 17, 2018
the internet is picking Tom Brady
make sure your voice is heardhttps://t.co/GYn2iOHRnM
— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) April 17, 2018
Others were sure the man depicted looked like Dafoe:
Oh, no, it was Willem Dafoe! pic.twitter.com/HsfOAJPeQu
— Jamie O'Grady ???? (@JamieOGrady) April 17, 2018
Is that Willem Dafoe? https://t.co/9ZUPuv0MR2
— Mike Wickett (@mikewickett) April 17, 2018
Young Willem Dafoe is a menace https://t.co/Maj36txRQk
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) April 17, 2018
Willem Dafoe is looking younger these days. https://t.co/m7MEfo7ziI
— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) April 17, 2018
Some presented both sides:
you, dumb: the stormy daniels sketch looks like tom brady
me, an intellectual: the sketch looks like willem dafoe
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) April 17, 2018
Leading contenders: Willem Dafoe, Tom Brady, Michael C. Hall. Runners-up: The Mooch, Denis Leary https://t.co/Mgp9nF11Hd
— Timothy Cama (@Timothy_Cama) April 17, 2018
Younger Willem Dafoe? Tom Brady? I can't quite place it.
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) April 17, 2018
Daniels first mentioned the threat during a “60 Minutes” interview on CBS last month. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said a man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 weeks after she agreed to tell a sister publication of In Touch magazine about what she has said was a yearlong affair with Trump that started at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament in 2006.
The story did not run because Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, threatened to sue the publication, though it was published earlier this year after reports indicated Cohen facilitated a $US130,000 payment to Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election.
Daniels said the man who approached her in Las Vegas told her: “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.”
She said he leaned in, looked at her infant daughter, and said: “That’s a beautiful little girl – it’d be a shame if something happened to her mum.”
Daniels said she took the comment as a direct threat. She never saw the man again but said she would “100%” be able to recognise him if she did. She said she did not report the incident to the police because she was scared.
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