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Politics Meet 'Stormy Daniels', the porn star Trump's lawyer allegedly paid to keep quiet about a sexual affair — who's now suing the president

Meet adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, who also goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels. She allegedly received hush money from Donald Trump's lawyer.

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Stormy Daniels.

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Adult film star and director Stormy Daniels says she met President Donald Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in July 2006, and the two allegedly began an affair.

He was married to Melania Trump at the time, and she had just given birth to their son Barron.

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 out of his own pocket so Daniels would keep silent about the alleged affair.

In January 2018, news of the hush money broke, and Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was thrust into the national spotlight. Now, she's suing Trump and accusing him of invalidating their agreement.

Here's what you should know about her:

Daniels was born and raised in Louisiana.

Stormy Daniels attends a signing for comedian Dane Cook's CD/DVD "Retaliation" at Tower Records on July 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. play

Stormy Daniels attends a signing for comedian Dane Cook's CD/DVD "Retaliation" at Tower Records on July 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California.

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She started stripping as a teenager and soon entered the porn business.

She started stripping as a teenager and soon entered the porn business. play

She started stripping as a teenager and soon entered the porn business.

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In 2002, she became the lead actress in a film for Wicked Pictures, a porn movie studio based in California.

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Daniels and comedian Emcee Pete Giovine greet fans in Las Vegas.

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She has won numerous awards for her roles as both a performer and a director in adult scenes and films.

Daniels and musician Dave Navarropose on the press line at the premiere of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" in Los Angeles on April 10, 2008. play

Daniels and musician Dave Navarropose on the press line at the premiere of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" in Los Angeles on April 10, 2008.

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She has also had minor roles in more mainstream movies, including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," and "Finding Bliss." She appeared in the Maroon 5 music video "Wake Up Call" in 2007.

She has also had minor roles in more mainstream movies, including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," and "Finding Bliss." She appeared in the Maroon 5 music video "Wake Up Call" in 2007. play

She has also had minor roles in more mainstream movies, including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," and "Finding Bliss." She appeared in the Maroon 5 music video "Wake Up Call" in 2007.

(Matt Sayles/AP)

Sources: The Daily Beast and YouTube



She's been married three times.

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Daniels with her former husband and actor, Mike Moz.

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Her current husband is fellow adult film actor Brendon Miller.

Miller and Daniels attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016 in Las Vegas. play

Miller and Daniels attend the 2016 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 23, 2016 in Las Vegas.

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Before her marriage to Miller, Daniels stirred a bit of controversy after it was revealed that she was having a baby girl with her former boyfriend.

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Daniels with comedian Dane Cook.

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Source: The Daily Beast



In a 2012 interview, she addressed those who thought she was not fit to be a mother: “It’s just all the negativity towards the adult industry in general, or people’s fear,” she said.

Stormy Daniels arrives at the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. play

Stormy Daniels arrives at the 50th annual Grammy awards held at the Staples Center on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Source: The Daily Beast



In 2009, she considered entering politics and challenging Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, who had been accused of engaging with a prostitute, for his seat. She told a reporter at the time that while she doesn't think she's the best person for the job, "I just think I'm a better choice than the senator they already have."

In 2009, she considered entering politics and challenging Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, who had been accused of engaging with a prostitute, for his seat. She told a reporter at the time that while she doesn't think she's the best person for the job, "I just think I'm a better choice than the senator they already have." play

In 2009, she considered entering politics and challenging Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, who had been accused of engaging with a prostitute, for his seat. She told a reporter at the time that while she doesn't think she's the best person for the job, "I just think I'm a better choice than the senator they already have."

(Jae C. Hong/AP)

Source: New York Daily News



That same year, she was arrested for a domestic violence misdemeanor following a dispute with her husband.

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Stormy Daniels visits a local restaurant in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

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Source: The Huffington Post



She ultimately decided to not run for the Senate.

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Stormy Daniels visits a local restaurant in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

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But in January 2018, she reemerged on the political scene, although perhaps not the way she had planned. The Wall Street Journal reported that she was paid more than $100,000 in hush money over an alleged sexual encounter with President Donald Trump over a decade ago.

Stormy Daniels visits a local restaurant in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. play

Stormy Daniels visits a local restaurant in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

(Bill Haber/AP)


In an interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after Trump's State of the Union Address last month, Daniels refused to answer questions about the payment. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, initially denied the existence of any payment.

In an interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after Trump's State of the Union Address last month, Daniels refused to answer questions about the payment. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, initially denied the existence of any payment. play

In an interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after Trump's State of the Union Address last month, Daniels refused to answer questions about the payment. Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, initially denied the existence of any payment.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal



In February, Cohen admitted that he personally paid Daniels the money.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.

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"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Cohen said. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone."

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

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In response, Daniels' manager said Cohen's admission invalidates a non-disclosure agreement her client signed that forbid her from speaking publicly about the money. The manager said things have changed. "Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story."

In response, Daniels' manager said Cohen's admission invalidates a non-disclosure agreement her client signed that forbid her from speaking publicly about the money. The manager said things have changed. "Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story." play

In response, Daniels' manager said Cohen's admission invalidates a non-disclosure agreement her client signed that forbid her from speaking publicly about the money. The manager said things have changed. "Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story."

(Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Source: Associated Press



Then on March 6, Daniels sued Trump, arguing that he never signed his portion of the agreement. The lawsuit also said "attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and 'shut her up' in order to 'protect Mr. Trump' continue unabated."

Then on March 6, Daniels sued Trump, arguing that he never signed his portion of the agreement. The lawsuit also said "attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and 'shut her up' in order to 'protect Mr. Trump' continue unabated." play

Then on March 6, Daniels sued Trump, arguing that he never signed his portion of the agreement. The lawsuit also said "attempts to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and 'shut her up' in order to 'protect Mr. Trump' continue unabated."

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Source: Business Insider



It's clear that Daniels wants to tell her side of the story about her and Trump's alleged 2006 affair.

Adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4, 2018. play

Adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4, 2018.

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)