Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claimsÂ she had an affair with President Trump, says her newfound fame has been a â€œdouble-edged swordâ€ for her career.
â€œI’m getting more dance bookings… Now Iâ€™m dancing three or four times a month so that’s been really great,â€ she told CNN Friday night after her performance at the Solid Gold gentlemanâ€™s club in Florida. â€œBut because of that, it’s sort of overshadowing a lot of the adult films thatÂ Iâ€™m supposed to be promoting, and a lot of the mainstream projects that I was actively working on have been indefinitely put on hold.â€
Daniels has been speaking out in the past few days after she avoidedÂ talking to the media amid the unfolding controversy over a payment of $130,000 in alleged hush money to her from Trumpâ€™s lawyer, Michael Cohen.
She sat down for an interview with Rolling StoneÂ magazine, which includedÂ revelations such as her â€œsafe word,â€ which she saidÂ is â€œpenguin.â€ She also admittedÂ to â€œcapitalizingâ€ on her fame.
She filed a lawsuitÂ Tuesday against Trump, saying a “hush”Â agreement she signed was invalid because Trump never signed it.
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Michael Cohen, an attorney for Donald Trump, arrives in Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 16, 2016. Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump’s personal attorney acknowledged paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump, her manager xtold The Associated Press Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, believes that Cohen invalidated a non-disclosure agreement after two news stories: One, in which Cohen told The New York Times that he made the six-figure payment with his personal funds, and another in the Daily Beast, which reported that Cohen was shopping a book proposal that would touch on Daniels’ story, said the manager, Gina Rodriguez. Â
Richard Drew, AP
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â€œI have two choices,â€ she told Rolling Stone. â€œSit at home and feel sorry for myself, or make lemonade out of lemons.â€
Of the negative attention, she told CNN she has â€œreally tough skinâ€ after being in the adult business for 17 years.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing that anyone can say that I havenâ€™t heard,â€ she said.Â â€œSo, they say â€œhey, youâ€™re a whoreâ€¦â€ Iâ€™m like, â€œThatâ€™s a successful whore to you!â€
One thing gets to her, though. The â€œflat out lies,â€ like the idea that sheâ€™s broke. â€œI am one of the most successful adult movie directors in the business,â€ she said.