Trump Bought Porn Star’s Silence : The Story Goes On, Now Seriously

It finally came out in a serious and respected news outlet. After breaking in 2011 on a website called The Dirty, then in The Smoking Gun in October 2016, the story of an affair between Donald Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels found its way through The Wall Street Journal. Of all places, that was not my first bet, as I was writing about the affair a few months before, in the process of an investigative book about the porn industry, and secretly hoping somebody else would bring that up in fear of lawsuits I knew I didn’t aspire to face.

“You shouldn’t even write it”, a cautious friend told me.

Thanks to the financial newspaper, which reported yesterday that in October 2016, a month before the presidential election, Trump’s lawyers bought Wicked Pictures longest contract girl’s silence for $130 000, I can. Coincidence or not, that same month, I attended a press conference where Jessica Drake, Wicked Picture’s other long-time contract girl, told the public that she had been victimized by Trump’s sexual misbehavior at the same event where Trump and Daniels met.

The story goes back ten years prior to her revelations, which are telling about what kind of person is handling the government of the most powerful country in the world. Trump, Daniels and Drake – and another woman I happened to meet during my journey in the XXX world – met in the summer 2006 at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, on the border between California and Nevada (I reported on the event on October 25th 2016, in a piece called “Porn and Politics : When Two Worlds (and Two Words) Collide“)

At this golf event, Wicked Pictures, an “adult entertainment” company based in the San Fernando Valley, sent two “poster” girls, Jessica Drake and Stormy Daniels, in its attempt to target upper class men. Former performer Alana Evans, the third woman I know because of her involvement in defending porn stars’ rights, also recounts being there.

“Stormy said she met Donald Trump and then tells me about the golf tournament, and how she’s supposed to hang out with him later that night, and she invited me. Stormy said Donald knew exactly who she was and wanted to meet her”, Alana told other former adult star Aurora Snow, now writer for The Daily Beast.

“Stormy calls me four or five times, by the last two phone calls she’s with Donald [Trump] and I can hear him, and he’s talking through the phone to me saying, ‘Oh come on Alana, let’s have some fun ! Let’s have some fun ! Come to the party, we’re waiting for you.”

Neither Stormy Daniels nor Donald Trump confirmed the story. But other sources say that after the 2006 event, they met several times, at other events or in hotels. Among them, Stormy Daniels’ former husband Michael Mosny. Since then, they got divorced.

What’s also interesting is that the 38 year-old porn star and director, born Stephanie Gregory Clifford in Louisiana in a poor and broken home, attempted to run for senator in her home state under the Republican banner, in early 2010. She later gave up the challenge saying she couldn’t afford it and wasn’t taken seriously. Sadly, a lot of people are completely indifferent to these women, their story, a story revealing about much more than themselves, but also the nature of capitalism since the 1980’s and what’s in store for certain categories of citizens.

On the other side, the one of the wealthy Republican who despises “losers”, let’s remember that his family fortune was built partly on prostitution revenues. His grand-father Friedrich Trump indeed ran restaurants-brothels in Canada’s “Wild West” during the gold rush. Paying women for sex, or considering them as sexual objects, might seem more or less normal, in such a context. Which didn’t really get nicer. Trump’s father apparently maintained the heritage by making money in real estate based on KKK’s principles. Some reports have surfaced about him being present at a KKK’s street protest in New York, and about his company’s policy to not rent housing to Black folks. A penchant for racism and sexism can be rooted in concrete family history.

Stormy Daniels, on the contrary, doesn’t seem to even have a family history. According to her Wikipedia page, “Daniels’ parents divorced when she was four. She was subsequently raised by her mother. Daniels has said of her childhood that she ‘came from an average, lower-income household… there [were] days without electricity'”. Eventually, determined to become somebody, she erased her name to adopt the one of a Southern whisky brand. She made her way through as someone who was not given anything. Until one day, she hoped that someone reputedly important might help her. That didn’t happen, and only materialized in a money deal to make her disappear. Back to being nobody. To her, the silence, to him, the daily public tweets and rants.

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