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5 Wild Revelations From Stormy Daniels' '60 Minutes' Interview

Stormy Daniels is not to be underestimated. A former candidate for Senate in Louisiana, the adult film star and director has proven one of Trump's most effective adversaries since first speaking out about their affair in 2006.


Despite the president's best attempts to keep her off the air, Daniels sat down with 60 Minutes’ Anderson Cooper to discuss her alleged tryst with the former reality TV star, the hush money Trump’s lawyer paid her, and the threats that have been made against her and her daughter.

Here are five of the wildest revelations from her interview.

1. A Trump lackey physically threatened Daniels and her daughter.

It wasn’t the fear of breaking a nondisclosure agreement that kept Daniels quiet about her affair with Donald Trump. On her way to a fitness class with her daughter one morning, Daniels told Anderson Cooper, “a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.'"

2. Trump had no remorse about cheating on his wife, and indicated he and Melania had separate bedrooms.

Cooper asked Daniels whether Trump mentioned his wife on that fateful night in 2006, given that Melania had just given birth to their son, Barron. Daniels claims, “I asked. And he brushed it aside, said, 'Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We don’t even...we have separate rooms and stuff.'"

3. Daniels accepted the $130,000 in hush money because she was scared.

Daniels told 60 Minutes she had fielded several lucrative offers to tell her story during the 2016 election, but when Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen came to her with a $130,000 offer she accepted, partly because her lawyer informed her that “they can make your life hell in many different ways."

4. Daniels was never attracted to Trump.

“Ugh, here we go,” was her first thought when she reached Trump’s room after the celebrity golf tournament where they met. Her thought process, she explained to Cooper, was, "I had it coming for making a bad decision for going to someone's room alone, and I just heard the voice in my head, 'Well, you put yourself in a bad situation and bad things happen, so you deserve this.'"

Still, she stresses that the sex was consensual, and that she is "not a victim.”

5. The future president of the United States did not use protection.

This is the same man who once said avoiding STDs was his own personal Vietnam. Enough said.

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