Trump attorney’s comments may free Stormy Daniels to discuss alleged Trump affair

Trump attorney’s comments may free Stormy Daniels to discuss alleged Trump affair
The manager of adult film actress Stormy Daniels said Daniels can now "tell her story" after President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, allegedly violated a nondisclosure agreement. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels) may soon reveal new details about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, after her manager said comments by Trump’s attorney violated a nondisclosure agreement, according to The Associated Press.

What happened?

Clifford has been quiet about her relationship with Trump since the Wall Street Journal published a report revealing that Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, had paid her $130,000 in October 2016.

Clifford has previously said in a statement that she did not have an affair with Trump, and that she was not paid “hush money” to keep quiet about it, despite a 2011 In Touch magazine interview in which she detailed a yearslong sexual relationship with Trump.

During an interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Clifford was vague and evasive about the situation, leading some to speculate that she was kept quiet by a nondisclosure agreement.

Now, Clifford’s manager Gina Rodriguez said everything is fair game to discuss.

“Everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press.

How did we get here?

The story had faded until Cohen told The New York Times on Tuesday that the money he paid Clifford was his own, and not Trump campaign funds. Cohen declined to detail why he paid the porn star $130,000 out of his own pocket just before the election, 10 years after the alleged affair is said to have taken place and five years since it had received significant media attention.

The Daily Beast also reported that Cohen was pitching a book that included details about Clifford’s story.

Those reports led to Rodriguez’s claim that any nondisclosure agreements are now void.