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Stormy Daniels has taken the stand in Donald Trump’s hush money trial in a bombshell moment.

The porn star is testifying about the alleged encounter they had in a hotel room when they met at a celebrity golf tournament in 2006.

The 77-year-old defendant has denied all claims he had a sexual relationship with Daniels. 

It is a huge juncture in the trial that prosecutors believe could take another two weeks.    

Judge Merchan ruled that Stormy will be able to testify about ‘sexual acts’ with Trump during her time on the stand. Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger told the judge that there would be ‘no descriptions of genitalia.’

Follow all of Tuesday’s action from DailyMail.com’s reporters in the courtroom. 

Trump returns to the courtroom after a wild morning session

The former president is back from lunch and in the courtroom talking with his lead attorney Todd Blanche.

He is making hand gestures while they chat.

Trump had to spend the morning listening to lurid allegations from Stormy Daniels which he has vehemently denied.

It included her very detailed recollection of the sexual encounter she claims they had in a Nevada hotel room in 2006.

His civil attorney Alina Habba and trial attorney Emil Bove follow him into the courtroom.

Former President Donald Trump's attorneys Alina Habba, left, and Emil Bove return to the courtroom after a lunch break in his trial, Tuesday, May 7, 2024 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

Defense moves for mistrial

Donald Trump’s defense attorney Todd Blanche moves for a mistrial.

Blanche is slamming the testimony of porn star Stormy Daniels. He mentions her testimony on blacking out, not wearing a condom, the power dynamic.

He says all of this has nothing to do with the case and is ‘extraordinarily prejudicial.’

Blanche questions how you can unring the bell?

He says her testimony has nothing to do with the reason they’re in court.

‘How can we come back from this in a way that is fair to President Trump?’ Blanche says.

He says they do believe ‘regrettably’ there should be a mistrial and if there is a new trial Stormy Daniels be excluded.

Former President Donald Trump gestures to reporters as he returns to the courtroom after a lunch break in his trial, Tuesday, May 7, 2024 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)

Mystery over magazine Stormy Daniels allegedly used to ‘spank’ Trump

There has long been speculation that Stormy Daniels used a copy of the highly respected financial magazine Forbes to spank Trump.

Today, she testified that the magazine in quesion had Trump’s face on the cover and she ‘swatted him right on the butt’ with it.

In 2006, when the alleged encounter took place, Forbes published an issue called the ‘400 Richest People in America’

Porn star Stormy Daniels alleges she spanked Donald Trump with an edition ofForbes magazine featuring his photograph on the cover

The cover indeed showed Trump, his daughter Ivanka and son Don Jr, and several other wealthy individuals including Warren Buffett.

The claim that this issue was used to spank Trump was spread by late night comedy shows and news reports.

However, the author of the Forbes story has disputed this.

They pointed out that the ‘spanking’ is alleged to have taken place in July 2006.

But the issue was not published until several months later.

In a further twist, though, Daniels testified that she used a financial mgazine that had not come out yet.

That indicated Trump could have had an early copy of the issue.

Trump himself clearly disputes that anything Daniels described took place.

As she recounted her story on the witness stand he shook his head.

Stormy Daniels is being shown agreement she signed

The agreement signed by Stormy Daniels is being shown in court.

She confirms signing the agreement as Peggy Peterson.

Daniels recalls the payment being late and Michael Cohen making excuses to her lawyer Keith Davidson.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Stormy Daniels is questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger during Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 7, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Stormy Daniels testifies about learning Donald Trump wanted to buy her story

Stormy Daniels says she became aware in October 2016 that Donald Trump wanted to buy her story.

Daniels says it was after the Access Hollywood tape came out that she became aware Trump and Michael Cohen wanted to buy it.

Daniels says it would be for $130,000.

She testifies she didn’t care about the amount of money, and it was ‘just to get it done.’

Daniels said that she wanted it signed and sealed before the election because she was worried Trump ‘wouldn’t pay.’

Stormy Daniels is questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger during former U.S. President Donald Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 7, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Stormy Daniels recalls being threatened by a man in Las Vegas to not disclose Trump ‘encounters’

Stormy Daniels testifies about being threatened in a parking lot in Las Vegas in June 2011.

It happened in the parking lot of the shopping center where she went to mommy and me workouts with her daughter who was ain infant.

She says a man approached her and threatened her not to continue to tell her story about her encounter with Donald Trump.

Daniels testifies that she did not tell police because ‘he told me not to say anything and I was scared.’

She did not want more of the story coming out. She says the father of her daughter was struggling with his own personal issues at the time.

Daniels says she was concerned telling him she had sex with Trump when his world was exploding would not have been good.

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Daniels told the court how she ended up doing an interview with In Touch magazine about Trump, but it never ran.

She told the court she was supposed to be paid $15,000 for the article in 2011 that was never published.

Here is the exchange between Daniels’ publicist Gina Rodriguez and National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard about InTouch.

Trump watches Stormy’s jaw-dropping testimony through TV monitor in front of him

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside court:

Trump’s view of Stormy Daniels in the courtroom is largely obscured by the judge’s dais.

When Daniels was asked to identify him in the courtroom, she had to lean forward and twist to her right in order to see him.

For his part, Trump looks to be watching her testimony on the video monitor in front of him, in what is a very ‘Trumpy’ way to observe your own trial.

Stormy Daniels is questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger before Justice Juan Merchan during former U.S. President Donald Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 7, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Stormy Daniels: Trump never asked me to keep their encounter secret

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside court:

Stormy Daniels has said multiple times that Trump never asked her to keep their encounter or subsequent meetings secret.

‘Absolutely not,’ she said when asked by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger.

This is part of the case prosecutors are making, that Trump only wanted her silence when he was under fire in the final stages of the 2016 election.

His defense is that he wasn’t worried about the election, but wanted to protect his family from the allegations of an affair.

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Stormy Daniels recalls meeting with Trump in Los Angeles

Stormy Daniels is testifying about seeing Donald Trump in Los Angeles when he invited her to his bungalow in 2007 for the launch of ‘Trump Vodka.’

Daniels says that Trump ‘kept trying to make sexual advances.’

Daniels says ‘I told him I was on my period.’

She says it lasted about two hours.

She says at no time did Trump tell her to keep it confidential.

Trump later called to say he had been ‘overruled by some high-up’s wife’ that she couldn’t come on The Apprentice.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Peter Brooker/Shutterstock (633255ae) Stormy Daniels Donald Trump's 'Trump Vodka'  launch, at Les Deux, Los Angeles, America - 17 Jan 2007

Stormy Daniels testifies about going to Trump Tower

Stormy Daniels testifies about visiting Donald Trump at Trump Tower.

It happened in March 2007.

Daniels testifies it was a ‘very brief’ meeting with Trump.

She was dancing at a club and wanted to get him to come to the club, but he didn’t and asked her to his office.

A woman holds a banner outside Trump Tower before Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump departs to attend his criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in New York City, U.S., May 2, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Stormy Daniels tells the court about having condomless sex with Donald Trump

Stormy Daniels is talking us through the moment she came out of hotel suite’s bathroom to find Trump is just his boxer shorts and T-shirt on the bed, ‘like this,’ she says, pulling up her left leg and stretching her right arm behind her in a seductive pose.

She is deploying all her acting skills.

Next she is asked ‘very briefly’ to describe having sex with Trump.

She describes being on the bed without most of her clothes and her shoes, in the ‘missionary position’ she says – immediately raising an objection from the defense.

There has been a legal back and forth about how much detail can be included, with the prosecution told to limit discussion of the intercourse.

‘Was he wearing a condom?’ asked prosecutor Susan Hoffinger.

She recalls it being brief.

Daniels remembers getting dressed and that it was ‘absolutely dark outside.’

She testifies that her hands were shaking so hard she was having a hard time with the buckles on her shoes.

Danies recalls Trump suggesting they get together again and calling her ‘honey bunch.’

She says she just wanted to leave.

The prosecutor asks and Daniels says she did not say no at any time.

‘I didn’t say anything at all,’ Daniels says.

She remembers taking a cab back.

‘I felt ashamed that I didn’t stop it, that I didn’t say no,’ Daniels says.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 21:  Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels attends the 2017 Adult Video News Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Stormy Daniels recalls Donald Trump being on the bed in his boxers when she exited bathroom

Stormy Daniels recalls having to use the bathroom. She remembers washing her hands and touching up her lipstick and looking in a leather toiletry bag, ‘I did look, I’m not proud of it,’ Daniels says.

Daniels remembers Old Spice and Pert Plus, which she thought was amusing. She also recalls gold tweezers.

She remembers coming out of the bathroom, and Trump being on the bed in boxer shorts and a t-shirt. She says she was startled at first.

She felt the room ‘spun’ in that moment.

‘Oh my god, what did I misread to get here?’ Daniels remembers thinking.

She recalls trying to step around and leave and thinking she put herself in a bad situation.

Daniels remembers Trump standing up between her and the door, but she insists it was ‘not in a threatening manner.’

She remembers Trump saying ‘I thought we were getting somewhere.’

‘”If you wanted to get out of the trailer park,” Daniels remembers Trump stating.

‘I was offended,’ she says.

Daniels says ‘I think I blacked out.’

She says she just does not remember, but she was not drunk or on drugs.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Peter Brooker/Shutterstock (633255af) Stormy Daniels Donald Trump's 'Trump Vodka'  launch, at Les Deux, Los Angeles, America - 17 Jan 2007

Stormy Daniels is back on the witness stand

Court resumes from morning break

Judge Merchan admonishes the prosecutor and says that the level of detail Stormy Daniels has been going into is unnecessary.

He says when she returns, they should move it along more quickly.

Former President Donald Trump's attorneys Alina Habba, center, and Emil Bove return to the courtroom after a break at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 7, 2024. Stormy Daniels, the porn actress at the heart of  Trump's hush money trial, was due to testify against the ex-president May 7, US media said, in a blockbuster moment in the courtroom drama rocking the scandal-plagued Republican's attempt to recapture the White House. (Photo by Mary Altaffer / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARY ALTAFFER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump gestures to reporters as he returns to the courtroom after a break for his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 7, 2024. Stormy Daniels, the porn actress at the heart of  Trump's hush money trial, was due to testify against the ex-president May 7, US media said, in a blockbuster moment in the courtroom drama rocking the scandal-plagued Republican's attempt to recapture the White House. (Photo by Win McNamee / POOL / AFP) (Photo by WIN MCNAMEE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Court is on a short morning recess

Court is on a short morning recess.

Before the break, porn star Stormy Daniels was giving a detailed account of her dinner with Donald Trump at his hotel in 2006.

Stormy Daniels is putting on a show in court

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside court:

The jury is getting a show today. Stormy Daniels is a very expressive witness, using her hands and face – all nose wrinkles, and pouts, and smiles – to tell her story.

We have heard about ‘condom mandatory’ porn shoots, how frequently she is tested for STD (once a month in 2006, twice a month now), her ‘blond hair and big boobs, as well as the first meeting with Trump, when she spanked him with a rolled up magazine.

The 12 jurors and the alternates are listening intently, just as poker-faced as they were yesterday when they heard a dry discussion of invoices, checks and ledgers.

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Stormy Daniels poses during her visit to The Cambridge Union on June 12, 2022 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Nordin Catic/Getty Images For The Cambridge Union)

Stormy Daniels says she spoke to Donald Trump about wife Melania: ‘Oh don’t worry about that’

Stormy Daniels recalls during their conversation at dinner that Melania Trump was brought up.

‘Yeah very brief,’ Stormy Daniels remembers. She remembers they were looking at pictures and she questioned about his wife?

Daniels remembers Trump saying ‘oh don’t worry about that.’

Trump told her they don’t sleep in the same room, Daniels says.

(FILES) Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and former First Lady Melania Trump arrive to vote in Florida's primary election at a polling station at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 19, 2024. Extremely discreet in the White House and even more reserved since leaving Washington, Melania Trump is keeping observers guessing whether she will appear, however warily, on the campaign trail alongside her husband. Aloof and enigmatic, the Slovenian-born former model has been noticeably absent as husband Donald Trump makes his third bid for the White House. (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump, right, stands with Melania Trump as they arrive for a GOP fundraiser, Saturday, April 6, 2024, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Stormy Daniels testifies about having dinner with Donald Trump who was wearing ‘silk pajamas’

Stormy Daniels ended up changing her mind after speaking with her publicist about having dinner with Donald Trump.

‘What could possibly go wrong?’ Daniels recalls him saying. The court laughed at that.

Daniels testified that she was not staying at the same hotel as Trump, so she had to travel to his hotel.

Daniels recalled receiving instructions from Trump’s bodyguard Keith.

She remembers calling Trump’s name when she arrived at his hotel suite.

Daniels says Trump was wearing silk pajamas.

‘Does Mr. Hefner know you stole his pajamas?’ Daniels recalled joking.

She claims she told Trump to go change. He came back dressed.

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Stormy Daniels says she told Trump’s bodyguard ‘F no’ after he disclosed Donald wanted to meet her for dinner

Stormy Daniels recalls Donald Trump’s bodyguard ‘Keith’ telling her Trump wanted to meet with her for dinner.

‘F no,’ Daniels recalls as her initial response.

Daniels did exchange contact info with Trump’s bodyguard Keith Schiller.

The court is shown the contact information saved in her phone as ‘Keith Trump.’

She says she did not know Keith’s last name at the time.

13 Jul. 2006: Businessman Donald Trump watches his drive during the 2006 American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament played at the Edgewood Tahoe golf course in Stateline, NV. (Photo By John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

From inside the court: Daniels giggles through start of her testimony about her transition into adult films… and Trump doesn’t look at her

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside court:

Stormy Daniels is giving a polished performance.

She has told her life story many times over, about the absent mother, poor neighborhood, erotic dancing, and the transition into adult movies.

She has never told it in a courtroom, surrounded by lawyers and in front of a jury.

She is talking very fast, giggling sometimes at the absurdity of it all, occasionally throwing up her hands and once promising to spare the jury the details of her first adult film.

At times he appears to be watching her testimony on the monitor in front of him. He closed his eyes at other times, as if to express his disdain at the whole thing.

Stormy Daniels hasn’t looked at him at all.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 11: Stormy Daniels attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of Neon's "Pleasure" at Linwood Dunn Theater on May 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Daniels recalls meeting Donald Trump at a celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe

Stormy Daniels is being questioned about the golf event Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 2006.

She confirms that is where she first met Donald Trump.

‘It was a very brief encounter,’ Daniels recalls.

She says they were all introduced and say hello.

Daniels says she knew Trump was a golfer and had a show she ‘had never seen.’

The below photo was taken when they met at the tournament 18 years ago.

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13 Jul. 2006: Businessman Donald Trump heads for the next hole during the 2006 American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament played at the Edgewood Tahoe golf course in Stateline, NV. (Photo By John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Stormy Daniels recalls starting exotic dancing at age 17

Stormy Daniels says she was 17 when she started exotic dancing.

Someone said she was a dancer too, and Daniels recalls thinking it was the same style as her: ‘ballet, modern, tap.’ But it was exotic dancing.

She recalls going to the club to watch. No one asked her for ID, so she started dancing on weekends.

Daniels is being questioned by prosecutor Susan Hoffinger. The testimony started with her talking about her upbringing in Louisiana.

Daniels is speaking quickly and appears nervous on the stand.

FILE - Stormy Daniels arrives at an event in Berlin, on Oct. 11, 2018. Witness testimony in Donald Trump's hush money trial is set to move forward again and all eyes are on who will be called next. An attorney for Stormy Daniels says the porn actor is expected to appear as a witness on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Trump stares blankly ahead, almost nodding off as Stormy enters

Trump is not reacting, just starting ahead as Stormy started her testimony.

According to reporters in the room, it appeared as though he’s nearly nodding off.

She walked into court dressed in all black. Her glasses were perched on top of her head and her hair is dyed blonde with dark black streaks.

Former US President Donald Trump attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 7, 2024. Stormy Daniels, the porn actress at the heart of  Trump's hush money trial, was due to testify against the ex-president May 7, US media said, in a blockbuster moment in the courtroom drama rocking the scandal-plagued Republican's attempt to recapture the White House. (Photo by Curtis Means / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CURTIS MEANS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Stormy Daniels takes the witness stand

From Sarah Ewall-Wice, Senior Political Reporter inside court

Stormy Daniels is called to the witness stand.

She is dressed in a black suit includng a dress and jacket.

Daniels has her hair which is blonde with black streaks is pulled up on her head. Her glasses were also perched atop her head.

Sally Franklin has left the witness stand

Sally Franklin’s testimony has wrapped up.

Porn star Stormy Daniels is expected to be the second witness of the day.

Penguin Random House executive Sally Franklin gives testimony before Justice Juan Merchan during former U.S. President Donald Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 7, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Trump’s cohort in court: Son Eric, aides Natalie Harp and Boris Epshteyn, attorney Alina Habba

Trump is surrounded by some of his closest staff in court today, as Stormy Daniels is expected to take the stand.

Eric Trump (C, blue tie) listens to his father former US President Donald Trump speak to the press before his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 7, 2024. Stormy Daniels, the porn actress at the heart of  Trump's hush money trial, was due to testify against the ex-president May 7, US media said, in a blockbuster moment in the courtroom drama rocking the scandal-plagued Republican's attempt to recapture the White House. (Photo by Mary Altaffer / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARY ALTAFFER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump enters Manhattan Supreme Court on the 13th day of his hush money trial filed by DA Bragg on May 7 2024 Curtis Means for DailyMail.com/Pool
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 07:  Former U.S. President Donald Trump's entourage listens as he speaks to reporters during his arrival at his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 7, 2024 in New York City. Trump has been charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by Mary Altaffer-Pool/Getty Images)

Cross-examination of Sally Franklin wraps and redirect starts

Prosecutor is asking Franklin about the use of ghostwriters in redirect.

Franklin is being asked to read several excerpts from Trump’s books including an acknowledgment of ghostwriter Meredith McIver.

She also reads an excerpt from Trump about the importance of signing his own checks.

This is the dust jacket cover of Donald Trump's new book "Think Like A Billionaire," which is published by Random House. (AP Photo/Random House)
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Sally Franklin cross-examination begins

Trump’s lawyer Todd Blanche is now questioning Sally Franklin, a senior vice president at Penguin Random House.

Blanche is trying to distance Trump from his own books and suggested ghostwriter Meredith McIver had a larger role than him.

Blanche asks about the experiences of a ‘secondary author’ to help the ‘primary author.’

Franklin says she didn’t know what role McIver had in both books. She says all she knows is that McIver helped the ‘primary author in some way.’

Blanche also asks about who designs the cover.

Penguin Random House executive Sally Franklin gives testimony during former U.S. President Donald Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 7, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Report from inside court: Franklin is testifying about Trump’s book ‘Trump: How to Get Rich’

From Rob Crilly, Senior Political Reporter inside court

The first witness of the day is an executive from Penguin Random House. Sally Franklin is what is known as a ‘custodial’ witness.

Her role is to help the prosecution enter two of Trump’s books, ‘How to Get Rich’ and ‘How to Think like a Billionaire,’ into evidence.

The prosecution is clearly trying to use Trump’s own words against him. Just as we heard about Trump’s tweets and Truth Social posts last week, today we have heard several passages that help prosecutors make their case that he was involved in the hush money payments.

So the excerpts we have heard set out, in his own words, how he keeps across all the details of his business, such as the checks and invoices that are at the heart of this case.

Trump appears to be enjoying the focus on his books. He looks like he is sharing jokes with his lawyers.

Republican presidential candidate and former  President Donald Trump sits in Manhattan criminal court in New York, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (David Dee Delgado/Pool Photo via AP)

Next witness up is Sally Franklin

Sally Franklin is a senior vice president for Penguin Random House.

Defense lawyer starts day objecting to Stormy Daniels testifying about an alleged sexual act with Donald Trump

Trump’s lawyer Susan Necheles started the day in court to objecting to porn star Stormy Daniels testifying about her alleged sexual act with Donald Trump.

‘We want to renew our objection to  the second witness, Stormy Daniels, in particular to her testifying about any details of a sexual act,’ Necheles said.

She said that it is ‘irrelevant’ and ‘unduly prejudicial’ and there would be no reason for it to be coming in.’

Judge Juan Merchan asked what she meant by ‘details of a sexual act’ questioning ‘what do you mean, more than just “we had sex?”’

Prosecutor Susan Hoffinger said the judge had placed limits on the testimony of Karen McDougal and Dino Sadujin – other witnesses in case – but not Daniels.

Hoffinger said that describing the sex ‘completes the story of the events that precipitated the payoff before the election.’

She said: ‘The details of the encounter are important.’

‘We don’t need to know the details,’ Judge Merchan said, but he will allow it to be mentioned in her testimony.

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on in the courtroom, as his criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 continues, in New York City, U.S., May 7, 2024. REUTERS/David Dee Delgado/Pool

Trump sizes up the courtroom

Trump looks out into the public gallery as if he’s trying to spot someone. Unusual behavior for him.

He stood staring at the press benches for a while, as if sizing up the crowd for what will likely be a big day

Normally he just slumps in his chair.

Susan Necheles is to Trump’s right, meaning she is likely to cross examine Stormy.

His son Eric is sat behind him alongside one of his attorneys, Alina Habba.

Trump is smiling and whispering in Necheles’ ear.

He’s wearing a gold tie and a navy suit.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 7, 2024 in New York City. Trump has been charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges.     Win McNamee/Pool via REUTERS
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media, as his criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016 continues, in New York City, U.S., May 7, 2024. REUTERS/David Dee Delgado/Pool

Donald Trump speaks outside courtroom

Donald Trump has arrived at the Manhattan criminal court and is speaking outside the courtroom.

The ex-president slammed the trial claiming they have no case.

He also discussed the payments to his former lawyer Michael Cohen calling them ‘legal expenses.’

He was joined by his lawyer Todd Blanche.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 07:  Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 7, 2024 in New York City. Trump has been charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former U.S. president to face trial on criminal charges. (Photo by David Dee Delgado-Pool/Getty Images)

Prosecutors enter the court

Prosecutors have arrived in the courtroom ahead of the start of Day 13 of the trial.

Donald Trump threatened to put a celebrity publicist out of business if she helped Stormy Daniels sell her story in 2012, according to messages entered into court evidence this week.

The bombshell claims come in instant messages between Gina Rodriguez and National Enquirer editor Dylan Howard.

At the time of their exchange, interest in Trump had reached fever pitch.

He was the clear frontrunner for the 2016 Republican nomination and Howard’s then boss last week explained how he had agreed to hunt out negative stories in what prosecutors claim was a ‘catch and kill’ agreement to help his campaign.

‘I also had Donald Trump call my office 4 years ago when Stormy Daniels was going to do the Trump mistress story,’ Rodriguez wrote in April 2016.

‘He threatened that I would never do business again in entertainment.’

Donald Trump departs Trump Tower for court in lower Manhattan

Donald Trump has departed Trump Tower in his motorcade.

He is expected at the Manhattan criminal court this morning where Stormy Daniels is expected to take the stand in the hush money case.

Before leaving, the ex-president paused to wave to onlookers before climbing into a vehicle.

She claimed that Trump had paid her a $130,000 ‘hush money’ payment to keep quiet about their sexual encounter in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Following New York prosecutors’ investigations into the payment, a grand jury in March 2023 indicted Trump on charges linked to business and fraud.

FILE - Stormy Daniels arrives at an event in Berlin, on Oct. 11, 2018. Witness testimony in Donald Trump's hush money trial is set to move forward again and all eyes are on who will be called next. An attorney for Stormy Daniels says the porn actor is expected to appear as a witness on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Trump deletes Truth Social post on witness

Donald Trump has now deleted a Truth Social post he had put up earlir this morning claims he had been told the identity of today’s witness.

In the post, he had called calling the witness ‘unprecedented.’

The former president also risked violating the gag order again. He has already been found in contempt for violating gag order ten times.

Breaking:Stormy Daniels to take the stand today as judge allows her testify about ‘sexual acts’ with Trump

An attorney for Stormy Daniels says the porn actor will appear as a witness in Donald Trump’s hush money trial on Tuesday.

Clark Brewster tells The Associated Press that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is ‘likely’ to be called as a witness in the trial on Tuesday.

Judge Merchan ruled that Stormy will be able to testify about ‘sexual acts’ with Trump during her time on the stand.

It sets up a dramatic moment in the court later today once she enters the courtroom.

Trump prosecutor Susan Hoffinger told the judge that there would be ‘no descriptions of genitalia or anything.’

‘But it’s important to us to elicit that she had sex with him, and how she felt about it.’

Trump: ‘I have just recently been told who the witness is today. This is unprecedented, no time for lawyers to prepare.’

Donald Trump claims he has just been told the identity of today’s witness and claimed his lawyers have been given ‘no time to prepare’.

‘This is unprecedented,’ he railed on Truth Social before deleting the post.

The former president also risked violating the gag order again.

‘No Judge has ever run a trial in such a biased and partisan way. He is CROOKED & HIGHLY CONFLICTED, even taking away my First Amendment Rights.

‘Now he’s threatening me with JAIL, & THEY HAVE NO CASE – This according to virtually all Legal Scholars & Experts! Why isn’t the Fake News Media reporting his Conflict?’

Former U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Deborah Tarasoff, an employee in the Trump Organization's accounting department, is questioned by prosecutor Christopher Conroy during Trump's criminal trial on charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in Manhattan state court in New York City, U.S. May 6, 2024 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Prosecutor estimates they could wrap up their case two weeks from Tuesday

Prosecutors in Trump’s hush money case told Judge Merchan they could wrap their case two weeks from tomorrow.

That would mean the prosecution rests May 21. Merchan said he would not hold them to it.

Trump decried that it’s a ‘political witch hunt’ and a ploy to keep him off the election trail for another few weeks.

A fired-up Trump spoke to reporters before departing the courthouse.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 6: Former U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he appears outside the courtroom during his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 6, 2024 in New York City. Former U.S. President Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial.  (Photo by Steven Hirsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump says he’d be willing to go to jail as judge comes down with another gag order violation

Trump railed against the latest gag order violation handed down today by Judge Merchan against him.

He was threatened with serving jail time and has to pay $10,000 in fines for speaking out about the jury, witnesses and the judge.

But it didn’t seem to bother the former president, who told reporters as he departed court that he’d be willing to serve time to protect the First Amendment.

‘I have to watch every word I tell you people,’ he lamented.

‘Yes, we have questions, a simple question – I’d like to give it but I can’t talk about it because this judge has given me a gag order and said you’ll go to jail if you violate.’

‘And frankly, you know what, our Constitution is much more important than jail. It’s not even close. I’ll do that sacrifice any day.’

Witnesses walked prosecutors step by step through the payments to Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen from the Trump Organization on Monday as the prosecution laid out its paper trail in the hush money case against Donald Trump.

Two longtime employees of the Trump Organization were called to the stand to testify in the case: Jeff McConney, a former controller who retired last year as well as Deborah Tarasoff who works in accounting and issued checks.

During McConney’s testimony, the jury was shown a series of documents including invoices, checks, spreadsheets and handwritten notes as the witness walked through how Cohen was ‘reimbursed’ for the alleged hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

In total, McConney testified that Cohen was paid $420,000 including money from Trump’s revocable trust and then from his personal account.

McConney recalled a conversation he had with Allen Weisselberg, who was chief financial officer of the Trump Organization about owing Cohen money.

Donald Trump returns to the hush money trial on Tuesday after the judge warned he faces jail if he violates the gag order again.

The former president was found in contempt of court and fined $1,000 by Judge Juan Merchan who admonished him for a ‘direct attack on the rule of law’.

The 77-year-old was warned he could face a stint behind bars he continues flouting the laws of the court.

Trump ended his day in court by suggesting he’s willing to go to jail to keep railing against his case.

Trump complained about the gag order that bars him from talking about jurors, witnesses and some others connected to the trial, telling reporters: ‘I have to watch every word I tell you people … because this judge has given me a gag order and said you’ll go to jail if you violate it.’

‘And frankly, you know what? Our Constitution is much more important than jail,’ he went on. “It’s not even close. I’ll do that sacrifice any day.”

Former President Donald Trump, left, speaks to reporters while accompanied by his lead attorney, Todd Blanche, after exiting court for the day from his hush money trial in New York, Monday, May 6, 2024. (Peter Foley/Pool Photo via AP)

 

 





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