Stormy Daniels is joined by her attorney, on September 12, 2018 on "The View." (ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua)

Stormy Daniels to discuss alleged Trump affair in "Full Disclosure": "I'm going to write everything"

The adult film star announced her memoir Wednesday on "The View": "You didn't think I'd really hold anything back?"


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Rachel Leah
September 12, 2018 9:13PM (UTC)

Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, announced Wednesday on "The View" that she has written a memoir titled "Full Disclosure." Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said her book would hit store shelves Oct. 2.

"You were only with Donald Trump, like for what? Two times?" co-host Joy Behar asked Daniels. "How much can you disclose?"

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"There's a lot in the book. But the book isn't just about that – that doesn't define me," Daniels said, adding that she had been working on her book long before Trump ran for president and their alleged affair was of national interest.

"Everybody who knows me – and has known me for a long time – knows I've been working on a book for about 10 years," Daniels continued. "So I just sort of meddled everything together. I've kept notebooks [about] the adventures I've had on the road and in strip clubs and stuff. It'll blow your mind."

To be clear, Daniels said she would be providing details about her alleged affair with the president. "It's 'Full Disclosure' – that's why I named it that," she continued. "You didn't think I'd really hold anything back?"

Daniels launched into the political arena after publicly coming forward with the claim that she was paid $130,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the 2016 presidential election. For his part, Trump has denied the affair and claimed he did not know about the settlement agreement until after it was signed.

Recently, the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, plead guilty to campaign finance charges, claiming he had arranged the $130,000 settlement payment to Daniels during in the run up to the election "at the direction of the candidate" to silence her about the alleged affair.

Cohen's lawyer said at the time that his client had "testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime" and Cohen told a U.S. District Court judge that he made the payment "for the principal purpose of influencing the [2016 presidential] election."

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Daniels said on "The View" that Cohen's admission felt significant to her. "I was so overwhelmed, I just broke down in sobs," she said. "Because I didn't realize how much pressure I had felt. People call me all kinds of names, and who cares? But to be called a liar – and people not to believe me for months, and months and months – it had really taken its toll . . . I just felt like all this weight came off my shoulders."

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Daniels said "Full Disclosure" is dedicated to her daughter, and she hopes she will read it when she reaches a certain age. Regardless of what people think about her motivations for writing the book – or her, for that matter – what was important to Daniels was that she wrote down "everything."

"People can think what they want about me," she said. "But at least it's the truth."

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer and an outspoken Trump critic, who also appeared on "The View," added: "It's going to be a long three weeks before the book comes out for Donald Trump."

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Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah

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