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Stormy Daniels: Timeline of a Trump Scandal

Accusations, payoffs and lawsuits: Here’s a guide to the latest White House scandal, which involves a porn star named Stormy Daniels.
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Accusations, payoffs and lawsuits: Here’s a guide to the latest White House scandal, which involves a porn star named Stormy Daniels.

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who alleges both an affair and hush-money deal with President Donald Trump, will perform in a Raleigh strip club in June — an event being billed as a "topless secret."

During the June 6 and 7 shows at The Men's Club on Yonkers Road, Raleigh "gets the opportunity to set the record straight — in person, with Stormy herself!" according to a news release. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, will appear twice each night, holding a meet-and-greet afterward to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Tickets cost $20 each night through Eventbrite.

More than 20 million people watched Daniels' interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" in March, during which the actress described having a consensual sexual relationship with Trump in 2006. She told interviewer Anderson Cooper that she accepted $130,000 to remain silent about the affair because she worried about her daughter's welfare after an unknown man warned her to leave Trump alone.

She filed a lawsuit arguing that she should be released from a nondisclosure agreement, and earlier in April, the president filed court papers seeking to force her to resolve the matter through arbitration, a private process. Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen originally denied the affair but also acknowledged paying the porn actress out of his own pocket. FBI agents raided his office earlier this month.

Stormy Daniels is the 38-year-old porn star who allegedly had a sexual affair with Donald Trump four months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.

Daniels has appeared in Raleigh before, an event with a different political backdrop.

During a 2010 appearance at The Men's Club, Daniels announced she would not run for U.S. Senate in her home state of Louisiana, scuttling her earlier plans. The actress objected to Sen. David Vitter, a rising Republican star, having a reputation as a family-values candidate despite an admitted history with prostitutes.

Her campaign got dismissed as a gag, but she traveled on a listening tour around Louisiana. She called for creative thinking and entrepreneurship and pledged to make a final decision on her candidacy on April 15, 2010 – a night when she happened to be dancing in Raleigh. But she opted against a run, describing the process as prohibitively expensive and dominated by "a vicious cycle of Ivy Leaguers."

"You can be blond and sexy and ... not be an idiot," she said at the time. "For some reason, our society equates sexuality with stupidity."

Josh Shaffer: 919-829-4818, @joshshaffer08
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