Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, said she had an adulterous relationship with Donald Trump in 2006, before Trump was elected president.
Daniels's accusations and the subsequent response of the Trump and Trump administration campaign generated a significant amount of national coverage.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper in 60 minutes in March 2018, Daniels said he had sex with Trump, who was married, in 2006 after meeting him at a celebrity golf tournament.
Trump, his lawyers and administration officials denied that the deal took place.
Daniels tried to tell his story to a sister publication of In Touch magazine in 2011. Two former employees of the magazine told 60 minutes that the story never took place because Trump's attorney Michael Cohen threatened to sue after the publication called Trump for a comment.
Daniels has written a book about his life, "Full Disclosure", which includes details about his alleged relationship with Trump.
An alleged threat
In the 60-minute interview, Daniels said a few weeks after the In Touch interview, she was threatened by a man who discouraged her from sharing the story by referring to her daughter and saying, "It's a nice girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mother. "
In April 2018 Daniels published a sketch of her memory of the man she had said he threatened her.
President Trump replied with a tweet stating: "A sketch years later on a non-existent man, a total fraud job, playing Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"
Daniels filed a defamation complaint against Trump regarding the tweet. A federal judge filed the lawsuit in October 2018 and ordered Daniels to pay Trump about $ 293,000 in legal fees and penalties in December. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, challenged the judge's sentence.
Violation of the finances of the campaign
Michael Cohen would presumably have arranged for Daniels to sign a non-disclosure agreement in October 2016, during the presidential election, in exchange for $ 130,000.
Trump initially denied that he was aware of the payment. In August 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to having committed a violation of the campaign's finances in connection with the payment. Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for that crime and another campaign violated the violation to keep a second woman, who also claimed to have a relationship with Trump, to come forward. Cohen was also convicted of making a false statement to a bank, tax evasion and lying in Congress.
Following the conviction, Cohen said that Trump ordered him to pay Stormy Daniels and another woman to keep quiet about their alleged business with Trump. In response, Trump tweeted that he had not directed Cohen to break the law.
Trump denied both business.