Stormy Daniels describes sexual encounter with Trump at hush-money trial

Stormy Daniels took the witness stand Tuesday at Donald Trump's hush-money trial, describing for jurors a sexual encounter the porn actor says she had in 2006 that resulted in her being paid off to keep silent during the presidential election 10 years later.

Daniels strode briskly into the courtroom before being sworn in, not pausing to look at Trump, who stared straight ahead as she entered but later shook his head and whispered frequently to his lawyers as she testified.

Daniels’ testimony, which included a detailed and at times graphic accounting of an encounter Trump has denied, is by far the most-awaited spectacle in a trial that has toggled between tabloidesque elements and dry record-keeping explanation. Courtroom testimony from a porn actor who says she had an intimate encounter with a former American president, and the presumptive Republican nominee, adds to the long line of historic firsts in a case already laden with tawdry claims of sex, payoffs and cover-ups.

Her statements are central to the case because in the final weeks of Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign, his then-lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about what she says was an awkward and unexpected sexual encounter with Trump at a celebrity golf outing in Lake Tahoe in July 2006. Trump has pleaded not guilty.

After it ended, she said, “It was really hard to get my shoes because my hands were shaking so hard,” she testified.

“What could possibly go wrong?” she recalled the publicist saying.

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