Even Trump’s Manhattan Judge Wants Stormy Daniels To Stop Talking
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Manhattan Judge Juan Merchan told the prosecution in former President Donald Trump‘s ongoing hush money trial that the jury didn’t need to hear quite so much from one of their star witnesses, former porn star Stormy Daniels.

The judge, after telling Daniels several times to slow down, finally told the prosecution that the level of detail she was giving — about things like what floor of the hotel a specific room was on or what was in Donald Trump’s toiletry bag – was excessive and unnecessary for the purposes of the trial at hand.

HuffPost’s Sara Boboltz shared a series of courtroom updates on Tuesday after Daniels took the stand, noting that the former adult film star’s demeanor on the stand had been “bubbly and light.”

“‘He was very interested in a lot of the business aspects of [pornography], which I thought was very cool,’ Daniels testified. Trump asked about things like residuals, unions and STD testing. (Tests are mandated every 14 days, Daniels said.) She volunteered the information about her test history, saying she had never ‘tested positive for anything,'” Boboltz wrote. “She has been asked multiple times to slow down in her testimony.”

Prior to the court’s lunch break, Daniels recounted in detail an alleged meeting with Trump in a hotel room — and when the jury was seated after the break was over, Merchan told the prosecution to dial back the unnecessary details.

“The judge told prosecutors that the level of detail Daniels had been going into was too much, saying we did not need to know about the floor of Trump’s hotel room, for example. He asked her to move it along,” Boboltz reported.

But Daniels did not appear to comply, as she went on to describe the contents of Trump’s toiletry bag (“She looked through Trump’s toiletry bag while she went to use the bathroom, finding Old Spice and Pert Plus items lying alongside ‘gold tweezers.'”) and then claimed that when she returned from the bathroom, he’d been dressed only in boxers.


CNN’s Kasie Hunt noted that Daniels’ tone could also be losing her points with the jury, saying that there had been a few times when it appeared she had been attempting to land a joke – and had gotten little to no reaction.


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