/ 08 May 2024

A Stormy encounter

Image source: Flickr
Image source: Flickr

Adult film star Stormy Daniels has taken the stand in US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “hush money” trial. In a morning of heated exchanges in the New York courtroom, Daniels told of receiving a payment of US$130,000 ahead of the 2016 election from Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to “stay quiet” about an alleged affair she had with Trump. She said this was a “win-win” because she didn’t want her partner at the time to find out. Daniels also outlined to the court a sexual encounter she claims she had with Trump at a golf tournament – which he denies – and at one stage Judge Juan Merchan told the prosecution to rein in the “explicit nature” of their questions. Trump’s lawyer argued for a mistrial due to the line of questioning, which was denied. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business documents to cover up the payment.

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