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- Stormy Daniels, a porn star who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, said he had Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger take her back to her hotel room a day after she and Trump had sex.
- Daniels made the comments in 2011 to InTouch, which published the full interview Friday.
- The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Daniels received $130,000 from Trump’s lawyer weeks before 2016 election to keep quiet about the affair.
Stormy Daniels, a porn star who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, told the celebrity gossip magazine InTouch in a 2011 interview published in full on Friday that he had Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walk her back to her hotel room a day after she and Trump had sex.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told the tabloid that the night after she hooked up with Trump at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament, she caught the Manhattan billionaire at a party with the young Steelers quarterback, who had won his first Super Bowl earlier that year.
“When I got there, he was already with him,” Daniels said. “He had Keith, his bodyguard, call me and ask me if I was coming. When I got there, I called Keith and he told me where he was sitting and he brought me over. And he was hanging out with Ben for a long time. A couple other people around, nobody famous. Mostly people trying to hang on to them.”
She said Trump “excused himself” from the table and made Roethlisberger “promise to take care of me.”
“I stayed another 15-20 minutes, and Ben Roethlisberger actually walked me up to my room that night because Donald told him to,” she continued. “Yeah, he walked me all the way to my hotel room.”
Roethlisberger has twice faced allegations of rape. A civil suit was settled in 2012 over an accusation that he raped a woman in his hotel room at the same Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament in 2008.
The quarterback has a somewhat long relationship with Trump.
Trump mentioned during a Pennsylvania rally in 2016 that he and Roethlisberger were friends, telling a story about a time the duo were golfing and the quarterback hit a ball into a tree.
“The ball hit the tree so hard, I swear I said, ‘Ben, within two years, that tree is going to be dead,'” Trump said. “And you know what? Two years later … that tree was dead. He is a strong guy, and a good guy, too, Big Ben.”
He said earlier at the rally: “We love Big Ben. Big Ben is a friend of mine.”
Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Michael Cohen, who was the Trump Organization’s top attorney for about a decade, arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels weeks before the 2016 election to keep quiet about the affair with Trump.
The Journal said the payment followed a negotiation between her lawyer and Cohen on a nondisclosure agreement.
Though the president faces more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades, “in this matter, there is no allegation of a nonconsensual interaction,” The Journal reported.