When we last checked in on Donald Trump's Stormy Daniels controversy, a few core elements of the story had come into focus. It's been widely reported, for example, that Trump's lawyer paid a former porn star $130,000 – shortly before the 2016 presidential election – apparently in order to buy her silence about an alleged extramarital affair.
We then learned Trump's lawyer made the payment through an LLC he quietly created in Delaware, where it's easier to create business entities with minimal disclosures.
The story took a turn this week, when a press statement was issued in which Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, denied ever having been in a relationship with the president. And in case this story couldn't get any weirder, last night, Daniels seemed to deny having anything to do with the statement issued in her name.
Pornographic film star Stormy Daniels on Tuesday added another twist to the did-they-or-didn't-they saga of whether she had an affair with President Donald Trump years ago, saying she didn't know where a denial issued in her name came from.
In a short statement attributed to Daniels and provided by her publicist on Tuesday, the actress was quoted as saying, "I am denying this affair because it never happened."
Later Tuesday she went on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and said she had no idea where that statement came from.
Pressed on the most recent statement, Daniels seemed to hesitate, before conceding, "I do not know where it came from." (Her lawyer, however, said after the appearance that she had, in fact, signed the statement denying the affair.)
On the same show, Jimmy Kimmel asked about a possible non-disclosure agreement, and she evaded the question. The host responded that "if you didn't have a non-disclosure agreement, you most certainly could say you don't have an non-disclosure agreement, yes?"
Daniels responded, "You're so smart, Jimmy."