A former adult film star who allegedly was paid to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with President Donald Trump was once in Spokane to picture a mainstream romantic comedy film concerning the adult film business.
Stephanie Clifford — whose stage name is Stormy Daniels — was in town to film “Finding Bliss,” that premiered in 2009 and starred recognizable Hollywood stars Jamie Kennedy, Denise Richards and Leelee Sobieski. According to a Wall Street Journal report published Friday, Clifford privately has alleged that a sexual encounter with Trump took place in a celebrity golf tournament in July 2006 in Lake Tahoe.
Per month before Trump was chosen president in 2016, an attorney for Trump ordered to pay her $130,000 in exchange for her silence on the topic, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Juan Mas was a supervising producer on the Spokane set of “Finding Bliss.” Though Clifford was only in the city for a couple of days, Mas stated he remembers her as being “extremely professional”
“She was such a pro. She had been so pleasant to the team,” Mas said. “She was excellent. She was only here for a couple of times but she had been such a pro if she was on set the whole moment. It was not surprising, but it was sterile.”
Trump fulfilled Clifford in a golf event in 2006 — a year after Trump’s marriage to his wife, Melania. According to the WSJ report, Clifford began talking with ABC News in autumn 2016 for a narrative involving an alleged relationship with Trump, but attained a $130,000 deal a month before the electionthat prevented her from going public.
Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen ordered for the payment by Clifford’s attorney, Keith Davidson, the Journal reported.
In an announcement to the Journal, Cohen didn’t even address his role in negotiating the assumed payment, but said Trump warrants any such relationship with Clifford. Clifford has previously denied an alleged connection.
On Friday afternoon, the White House issued a statement calling the Journal’s narrative “old, recycled reportsthat were printed and denied before the election”
Cohen also accused the Journal of perpetuating “a false narrative for over a year.”
Adam Boyd also worked on the film in Spokane as the next assistant manager. He also uttered Mas’ belief of Clifford.
“The air of professionalism that comes with being an adult film star was very apparent in regards to Stormy,” said Boyd, who teaches in Eastern Washington University’s film-making app. He said she’s a “legit” adult film star.
Boyd stated Clifford did her makeup and ordered her wardrobe. Off-set, Clifford could advertise her own projects and push the film she left on her at the moment, an adult film titled “Operation Desert Stormy.”
“But when she came on set she had been a completely different person,” Boyd said. “Instantly, she would be at 100 percent, energywise.”
Asked if Clifford ever mentioned Trump, Boyd said, “I’m afraid I do not recall her mentioning that.”
Julie Davis, who also starred in the film wrote and directed the film. The dark humor centered on a recent film school graduate attempting to break into the market that was aggressive. She gets a job as an editor for an adult film studio.
Clifford, as well as Ron Jeremy, was hired as a “industry actor to legitimize the rear story,” said Mas, who is currently a freelance filmmaker and a few of those directors on the “Z Country” TV series.
Mas said the filming largely took place on set in Spokane’s North by Northwest studios, but he recalls a scene being filmed in a big conference room of downtown Spokane Regional Business Center building.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.