- President Donald Trump responded online to the porn star Stormy Daniels’ sketch of a man she says once threatened her to keep quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump.
- He retweeted an image designed to suggest Daniels was lying.
- Daniels released the sketch Tuesday with the goal of identifying the man. It’s based on her recollection of being threatened in 2011.
- While some thought the sketch looked like Tom Brady or Willem Dafoe, Trump retweeted an image suggesting it looked like Daniels’ husband.
President Donald Trump has responded to the porn star Stormy Daniels’ sketch of a man she says once threatened her to keep quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump years earlier – by retweeting an image designed to suggest she was lying.
Daniels on Tuesday released a police-style sketch of the man in the hope of identifying him. The image is based on her recollection of being threatened in 2011.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said the man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011, weeks after she agreed to tell a sister publication of In Touch magazine of an affair she said she had with Trump starting at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament in 2006.
“A guy walked up on me and said to me: ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,'” Daniels told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in March.
“Then he 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 mum.’ And then he was gone.”
Many on social media immediately likened the sketch to the actor Willem Dafoe or the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a friend of Trump.
But Trump retweeted a Twitter follower’s image suggesting it was in fact a sketch of Daniels’ husband, Glendon Crain, a fellow porn star.
“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” Trump tweeted along with the following image:
— Shenna (@ShennaTFox) April 18, 2018
Daniels married Crain in 2010, one year before she says the man threatened her. Her lawyer has offered a $US100,000 reward for a positive identification of the man. Crain has been quiet about the incident.
No other witnesses have stepped forward to describe the 2011 encounter.
Daniels has brought a lawsuit against Trump that she hopes will void a nondisclosure agreement she says was signed just days before the 2016 election.
The sketch is part of a larger media and legal offensive against Trump from Daniels, who says she’s done being “bullied” by him.
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