Stephanie A. Gregory Clifford born March 17, 1979, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, Stormy Waters, or simply Stormy, is an American pornographic actress, stripper, screenwriter, and director. She has won numerous industry awards, and is a member of the NightMoves, AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame. In 2009, a recruitment effort led her to consider challenging incumbent David Vitter for the 2010 Senate election in her native Louisiana.
In 2018, Daniels became involved in a legal dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen. Trump and his surrogates allegedy paid hush money to silence Daniels about an affair she claims she had with Trump in 2006. Trump’s spokespersons have denied the affair and accused Daniels of lying.
Stephanie Gregory was born on March 17, 1979, to Sheila and Bill Gregory, who divorced about 3 or 4 years later. Gregory was subsequently raised by her mother.
She graduated from Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge in 1997 and considered becoming a journalist.
Gregory said she “came from an average, lower-income household… there were days without electricity”, and she has described herself as coming from a “really bad neighborhood.”
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On January 12, 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money in October 2016 shortly before the presidential election—to deny that she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier in 2006. On behalf of his client, Cohen denied the existence of an affair between Trump and Daniels, but he later stated: “In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford.”
On March 6, 2018, Daniels filed a lawsuit against Trump. She claimed that the nondisclosure agreement that she had signed in reference to the alleged affair was invalid because Trump had never personally signed it. The suit also alleges that Trump’s attorney had been trying to intimidate Daniels and “scare her into not talking”. A day later, Cohen initiated an ex parte arbitration process that resulted in an order that barred Daniels from disclosing “confidential information” related to the nondisclosure agreement. The order itself, which Daniels’ lawyers called bogus, was supposed to remain confidential.
In a March 25, 2018, interview with 60 Minutes, Daniels said that she and Trump had sex once, and that later she had been threatened in front of her infant daughter and felt pressured to later sign a nondisclosure agreement.
On April 9, 2018, FBI agents raided Cohen’s office and seized emails, tax documents and business records relating to several matters, including payments to Daniels.
On April 30, 2018, Daniels filed a lawsuit against Trump on libel charges because he called her statements “fraud”. It relates to Trump’s statements on Twitter claiming that Clifford had invented the story of the man who threatened her after she decided to tell journalists about their affair.
Daniels had a daughter, Caden, with her third husband, Glendon Crain (screen name Brendon Miller), in 2011.
Daniels has been fond of horses her entire life. She now owns several and has won multiple blue ribbons at equestrian events.
In 2009, Daniels was arrested for domestic violence against her husband at the time, Michael Mosny. She allegedly hit him several times after an argument over how he did their laundry and failing to pay their bills.