New York (AFP) - Porn actress Stormy Daniels will on Sunday sit for a highly-anticipated interview that could shed new light on the affair she says she had with Donald Trump a decade before his election as president.
Contrary to its usual practice, CBS has not released excerpts of the interview, which will air Sunday at 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) on the network's flagship "60 Minutes" program.
Daniels told The Washington Post her work in adult entertainment had allowed her to develop a "thick skin," but "nothing could truly prepare someone for this."
She said she "simply wanted to tell my personal truth and defend myself."
Daniels has previously spoken about the affair, including in a recent post on Twitter in which she said: "Technically I didn't sleep with the POTUS 12 years ago. There was no sleeping (hehe) and he was just a goofy reality TV star."
Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has teased the interview, posting a picture on Twitter of a DVD along with the text: "If 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' how many words is this worth????? #60minutes #pleasedenyit."
But on Sunday morning, Chris Ruddy, chief executive of the Newsmax website and a close confidant of Trump, played down its significance.
"This is politically motivated to hurt or embarrass (President Trump) in some way... I think the American people are really dismissing this as political witch hunts," he told ABC News.
Former Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CNN the situation is one the president "can't win."
"Hopefully he will listen to people who are wise and understand that this is not a fight that he wants to participate in," Santorum said.
"It's just a matter of letting these folks say the things they have to say."
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