Stormy Daniels on Avenatti: ‘Sometimes People Just Need a Swift Kick in the Ass’
WASHINGTON – Adult film star Stormy Daniels called having sex with Donald Trump a “regrettable” decision but could not say why she decided to sleep with him in the first place.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, explained why she does not want to be connected to the #MeToo movement in any way.
“The word ‘feminist’ has sort of taken on this life of its own and I just felt like it was putting me in a box and I don’t like that, sort of how everybody kept trying to shove the #MeToo movement onto me and that was just infuriating because, despite all the issues I have with Donald Trump, I was not assaulted or abused. I was never in fear,” Daniels said on Monday evening during a discussion with Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn about her new book, Full Disclosure.
“I made that decision. Although a very, very regrettable one, it was still my choice and I just didn’t want to have that label where it seems like I’m doing this because ‘f*** men’ and that’s not me at all,” she added. “But, yes, I do feel very supported.”
Earlier in the discussion, Daniels was asked why she ended up having sex with Trump, given her criticism of him.
“I have no idea, and I’ve been asked this question so many times. And I should probably just make up a cool answer, but I’ve got nothing,” she said. “I was just so naive.”
Daniels described the reason she decided to come forward and tell her story publicly.
“The next thing I know, Michael Cohen is shopping a book saying in the thing that he was trying to pitch, ‘Oh, and I’ll tell you about the rumor where I paid her $130,000.’ I’m like, great, so now not only do I look like a whore, I look like a cheap whore. Like, no,” she said. “And I just wanted to be able to defend myself because they broke the agreement five times before I said anything.”
Daniels recently released a critical statement about her attorney, Michael Avenatti, accusing him of pursuing the defamation case against Trump without her approval and not informing her about a GoFundMe page he set up for her expenses. Daniels revealed that she was considering dropping him as her lawyer.
“I knew about the first [fund], obviously, and I just started having people ask me like where the money went, was it going to be used to pay Trump? Was there money left over? And I feel like people who gave me money deserve to know where it went. It was so kind and generous for so many people to do this for me, and I’m not a thief,” Daniels said at the book discussion.