Mar 31, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump indictment is "poetic," Stormy Daniels says

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels in New York City in April 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels in New York City in April 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Adult film star Stormy Daniels called the historic indictment of former President Trump "poetic" in a new interview following the New York grand jury's decision to bring charges against him.

Why it matters: The comments mark the most extensive yet from Daniels, who's been in the spotlight over the criminal probe related to an alleged 2016 hush-money payment to her.

Driving the news: “He’s done so much worse that he should have been taken down [for] before," Daniels said in an interview with The Times, a British daily newspaper. "I am fully aware of the insanity of it being a porn star. But it’s also poetic; this p---y grabbed back."

  • “It’s monumental and epic, and I’m proud,” Daniels said.

Catch up quick: Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, first publicly alleged she and Trump had an affair in 2018.

  • Trump denied the claim but then changed his story about the payment as the situation played out.
  • Daniels met with prosecutors involved in the investigation into Trump and the hush-money payment earlier this year.

Clark Brewster, Daniels' attorney, tweeted Thursday evening that the indictment is "no cause for joy."

  • "The hard work and conscientiousness of the grand jurors must be respected," Clark Brewster said. "Now let truth and justice prevail. No one is above the law."
  • Brewster told CNN on Friday that his client wasn't surprised about the indictment.

The big picture: The indictment makes Trump first U.S. president in history — sitting or former — to face criminal charges.

  • Daniels predicted that the indictment will "continue to divide people and bring them up in arms."
  • Law enforcement is already bracing for the indictment's after effects, including the potential for large protests.
  • “Whatever the outcome is, it’s going to cause violence, and there’s going to be injuries and death,” Daniels added. "There’s the potential for a lot of good to come from this. But either way, a lot of bad is going to come from it, too.”

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