A new signed statement from adult film star Stormy Daniels says her alleged affair with President Donald Trump "never happened" — but is it her signature?
“I am not denying this affair because I was paid ‘hush money’ as has been reported in overseas owned tabloids," Tuesday's signed statement reads. "I am denying it because it never happened.”
But many are wondering why the signature on the new statement looks decidedly different than the signature on a Daniels denial issued earlier this month:
Haven't yet confirmed where this latest statement (obtained by Buzzfeed) came from. But notice the signature on thi… https://t.co/ALqsHcuhif— Jeremy Diamond (@Jeremy Diamond) 1517350899.0
Daniels’ representative Gina Rodriguez confirmed the authenticity of Tuesday's signed statement, the Washington Post reported.
But Daniels wasn't exactly behaving accordingly during a Tuesday appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" just hours after the statement was released.
"Did you sign this letter that was released today?" Kimmel asked Daniels.
"I don't know, did I?" she replied before saying, “That does not look like my signature, does it?”
Kimmel agreed that the signature didn't look like Daniels', suggested that Tuesday's statement was released without her authorization. and then asked if she knew where the statement came from.
"I do not know where it came from," Daniels replied.
After Daniels' appearance on Kimmel's show, BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier tweeted that Daniels' lawyer told him she signed both denials.
NEW: Lawyer for Stormy Daniels tells me she signed the statement today, in front of him and her PR rep. “Stormy did… https://t.co/QkDGmscJRE— Anthony Cormier (@Anthony Cormier) 1517379854.0
All of this comes after an initial Wall Street Journal report Jan. 12 that an attorney for Trump paid Daniels $130,000 one month before the 2016 presidential election to keep her from “publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.”
The White House denied the allegations, calling them “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”
More from the Post:
The new denial also came in the wake of reports that first lady Melania Trump was upset by stories about the affair, which allegedly began soon after she gave birth to their son, Barron. The first lady recently canceled plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with her husband and retired instead to their Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago. Melania Trump attended the State of the Union address Tuesday night.