The Dark Truth Behind Donald Trump’s Alleged Relationship With Stormy Daniels
Relationships can get messy. This is true whether you’re an average Joe or a high-profile executive. Not even the president is immune to relationship drama. According to a recent report, Melania might not be Donald Trump’s only love interest. It is reported Trump’s lawyers allegedly paid an adult-film star $130,000 in exchange for her silence, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Here’s everything we know about Donald Trump’s alleged relationship with the adult-film star.
The Wall Street Journal reports Michael Cohen, a top attorney at the Trump Organization, paid former adult-film star Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels) $130,000 one month before the 2016 presidential election. This payment was reportedly part of an agreement that prohibited her from going public with the alleged sexual relationship.
Next: Clifford claims they met here.
How she says they met
Clifford claims she met Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in July 2006, according to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. This was one year after Trump and Melania were married in 2005. Trump might have a thing for adult-film stars. It is reported that adult-film star Jessica Drake, who was also in attendance at the golf tournament, caught Trump’s eye. During a 2016 news conference, she alleged Trump kissed her without permission after the event.
Next: Did Trump invite another adult-film star to the hotel room, too?
Three’s a crowd
Adult-film star Alana Evans told Daily Beast she was invited to join Trump and Clifford in their hotel room. However, she said she was hesitant to join them. Evans had this to say:
Stormy calls me four or five times, by the last two phone calls she’s with Donald [Trump] and I can hear him, and he’s talking through the phone to me saying, ‘Oh come on Alana, let’s have some fun! Let’s have some fun! Come to the party, we’re waiting for you.’ And I was like, ‘OMG it’s Donald Trump!’ Men like him scare me because they have so much power and this was way before his presidential nomination. So, I bailed on them and turned my phone off.
Next: Who else got a payout to keep quiet?
Clifford might not be the only one who allegedly received a payout
In Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, Steve Bannon suggests lawyers bailed Trump out of compromising situations on several occasions. Bannon alleges one of Trump’s lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, “took care” of 100 women during the 2016 presidential campaign. “Look, Kasowitz has known [Trump] for twenty-five years. Kasowitz has gotten him out of all kinds of jams,” Bannon said in the book. “Kasowitz on the campaign — what did we have, a hundred women? Kasowitz took care of all of them.”
Next: When in doubt, deny deny deny.
This isn’t the first time Trump has been accused of having inappropriate interactions with women. During his campaign, it was revealed more than 15 women had accused Trump of sexual misconduct. However, The Wall Street Journal notes the alleged contact between Trump and Clifford is reported to be consensual. A White House official told The Wall Street Journal that the claims about Trump and Clifford are untrue. In addition, Cohen sent a statement to the news outlet, also saying the claims are false and that Clifford says the allegations are false.
Next: What happens if the allegations are true?
But what if it’s true?
Considering these allegations, it’s hard not to wonder whether this news is not really news to Melania. If the story isn’t false, this could explain the rumors of separate bedrooms. The allegations could also explain the famous hand slap and her often solemn countenance whenever Trump is around. Has something like this happened before? As Wolff notes in Fire and Fury, the last time a White House couple slept in separate bedrooms was during the Kennedy administration. A book by Christopher Andersen claims John F. Kennedy was unfaithful to former first lady Jackie Kennedy.
Next: What would a Trump divorce look like?
Donald says a prenup is good for the relationship
Donald Trump is a big fan of prenuptial agreements. He doesn’t get married without them. Because of his wealth and his relationship history, it’s easy to see why. Trump told New York magazine that a prenup made his relationship with Melania stronger. He says it’s better to know who is going to get what from the beginning. “Believe me, there’s nothing fun about it. But there comes a time when you have to say, ‘Darling, I think you’re magnificent, and I care for you deeply, but if things don’t work out, this is what you’re going to get,'” said Trump.
Next: Donald Trump thinks he’s an expert in this.
A prenup expert?
In 2012, on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Donald Trump offered some unsolicited advice to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Trump suggested that Zuckerberg should have his then-girlfriend Priscilla Chan sign a prenup. He even offered to look at the agreement if Zuckerberg chose to get one. “I think I’d be one of the great professionals and advise him,” Trump jokingly said during his CNBC interview. He said Zuckerberg should only give Chan $1 million if they ever split up. “I think if she made a million dollars that would be very good,” said Trump.
Next: Would Melania put up a fight?
Would Melania contest the prenup?
If the way past wives Ivana Trump and Marla Maples reacted is any indication, Melania will likely contest the prenup. Both Ivana and Marla contested their agreements. In the end, Ivana was awarded $14 million in cash, $350,000 in annual alimony, and child support payments of $300,000 each year for their three children. The former Mrs. Trump also snagged their Greenwich, Connecticut, mansion and a Trump Plaza apartment. After a brief battle, Maples settled for just $2 million.
Next: Melania would probably get some of this.
Melania would likely be granted one of Trump’s many real estate properties. Ivana was able to get a Trump Plaza apartment, so it’s possible Melania might also be granted a luxury apartment. Jacqueline Newman, a managing partner with Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd, told Town & Country it’s not uncommon for a wealthy spouse to purchase an apartment for the spouse with less money.
Next: What would happen to this?
Personal property and businesses
When it comes to personal property, such as jewelry, these items generally stay in that person’s possession. So, for example, any jewelry given to Melania would likely be hers to keep. And what about money earned from her jewelry business? Without the actual agreement to review, it’s hard to say what would happen to any businesses Melania starts after their marriage.
Next: What about Barron?
Who would Barron stay with?
Melania has been quite vocal about the fact that she’s the main caregiver. It’s likely she would be the primary custodian if she and Donald were to divorce. Melania told People she has taken over most of the parenting duties since her husband travels often. She also told the magazine since Barron is at an age where he’s still discovering life, she wants to be an active guide. “He wants to be a golfer, a businessman, a pilot. It’s that age when you introduce him to stuff, and I like to be very hands-on,” she said.
Next: Her settlement would likely include this.
Generous child support payments
If Melania and Donald Trump divorce, it’s also likely there will be generous child support payments. As noted earlier, Ivana received a pretty decent payout. Marla received less cash, but her settlement did include money for private school tuition for their daughter (Tiffany Trump), payments for nanny costs, and coverage for medical expenses.
Next: Could this happen?
What if there isn’t a prenup?
You might be wondering what would happen if there wasn’t a prenuptial agreement. If there isn’t a prenup (something that’s highly unlikely), attorney Peter Stambleck told Town & Country things would likely get very complicated.
Billionaires have complicated asset structures. They have shell companies, LLCs, investments in other companies, and it’s very, very complicated. One main purpose of a prenup is to avoid having to share in that, but also to avoid the headache that goes into producing all the documents and having accountants come in and look at all of it. Theoretically, that’s what could happen in the absence of a prenup.
Next: Is this all he wants?
Winning at all costs?
Despite author Michael Wolff’s claim that Trump didn’t want to win the presidential election, it seems like a lot of effort went into securing his win. If the reports about the adult-film star are true, Trump’s lawyers may have wanted to keep the alleged sexual encounter private, so the news wouldn’t derail his presidential bid. Trump is known for being competitive. So if the allegations prove to be true, this could have been a way for him to push toward victory and claim the ultimate prize.
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