Porn star appears to deny affair with Donald Trump - but keeps everybody guessing

Pornstar Stormy Daniels has appeared to deny claims that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

But the adult star put on a coy performance during an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! after Mr Trump delivered his maiden State of the Union address to Congress.

Daniels is in the middle of a publicity tour fuelled by the allegations that she had sex with Mr Trump back in 2006 shortly after he and First Lady Melania wed and while she was pregnant with their son.

A statement has recently been issued in her name denying any affair had taken place, but Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – appeared to call into question whether she had actually signed it.

Coy – Daniels appeared to deny an affair with Donald Trump but remained coy when on Kimmel’s show (Pictures: AP)

On the show, Daniels seemed to duck many of host Kimmel’s questions about the alleged affair by either remaining silent or cracking jokes.

When Kimmel showed her a copy of the recent denial statement and compared the signature to other examples of Daniels’ signature, asking her if she had signed it, she replied:  “I don’t know, did I? That doesn’t look like my signature, does it?”

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And when the ABC host asked if that was an admission that the statement was written and released without her approval, Daniels replied with only a smile and a giggle.

Daniels’ allegation, first made in 2011 then again a month before the election, went largely unnoticed until the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Michael Cohen, Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, brokered a $130,000 (£92,000) payment to Daniels to keep her from publicly discussing it.

Affair – it is alleged that Daniels had an affair with Mr Trump in 2006, while wife his Melania was pregnant with their son

A week after that report, In Touch magazine printed a 5,000-word interview with Daniels that it said it conducted in 2011 but did not publish amid threats of a lawsuit, in which the pornstar described a single sexual encounter with Mr Trump in 2006 when he had recently married his third wife Melania, plus a subsequent years-long relationship.

In the statement issued most recently, Daniels said she was not denying the affair because she was paid “hush money”, but rather “because it never happened”.

Neither Mr Cohen – who has denied there was any affair – nor Ms Daniels have addressed whether she was paid $130,000, and if so, why.