Stormy Daniels says Trump indictment ‘is going to cause violence and death’

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The adult actress at the centre of Donald Trump’s indictment says the legal process will spark violence but that it shows that the former president is no longer untouchable.

Stormy Daniels also says she has received death threats since the facts of the charges were made public.

Speaking to The Times, she said: “Whatever the outcome is, it’s going to cause violence, and there’s going to be injuries and death.

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Ms Daniels’ name has been linked with Trump’s for years since it was first claimed his lawyers made a $130,000 (£105,000) payment to her in exchange for her silence over an extramarital sexual encounter a decade earlier.

Trump is expected to face an arraignment hearing next Tuesday on around 30 counts of document fraud-related charges, although the former president’s indictment remains unsealed.

“Trump is no longer untouchable. A person in power is not exempt from the law. And no matter what your job is, or what your bank account says, you’re held accountable for the things you’ve said and done, and justice is served.”

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She added that she is unafraid of facing Donald Trump in court. “I’ve seen him naked. There’s no way he could be scarier with his clothes on.”

Ms Daniels said that Trump’s indictment was “vindication” and “poetic”.

“This p**** grabbed back,” she said, referring to the infamous Access Hollywood tape when Trump was taped saying “when you’re a star … you can do anything [to women]. Grab ’em by the p****. You can do anything.”

Detailing the threats she has received she said: “The number and the intensity is the same as it was the first time around, but this time it’s straight-up violent.

“The first time it was ‘gold digger’, ‘s***’, ‘whore’, ‘liar’ whatever. And this time it’s ‘I’m gonna murder you’. They’re way more violent and graphic.

“I’m not afraid of him, or of the government, but it just takes one crazy supporter who thinks they’re doing God’s work or protecting democracy.”

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