Porn star Stormy Daniels said Michael Cohen looked like he "had a weight off his shoulders" when she recently bumped into him at LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
During an interview Monday on CNN, Daniels also said she forgives President Trump's former personal attorney for his actions during a legal battle related to her claim that she had an extramarital tryst with Trump more than a decade ago.
"We just passed each other in LaGuardia the other night, and I saw him, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, that's Michael Cohen.' He passed within like three feet of me," Daniels told host Don Lemon.
"I was with my bodyguards and my tour manager and stuff. And we were like, 'Hi,' and he turned around and goes, 'Hey guys,' and smiled at us. It was very strange," Daniels continued. "He looked happy and healthy though, he looked like he had a weight off his shoulders."
Daniels sued Trump in March in a California federal court to be released from a $130,000 nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence regarding their alleged 2006 extramarital affair. The deal had been brokered by Cohen. Daniels also sued the pair for defamation in reaction to their staunch defense against her claims.
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Asked if she still harbored any ill will toward Trump's ex-fixer, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said recent events have changed her outlook.
"I did for a long time. He was the one who brokered this ridiculous deal which isn't my issue," she said. "I didn't want this story to come out. My issue with him is he's the one that went on TV and promoted a book deal and this and that and started wanting more and more and more from me. So I definitely think that I had a lot of ill will for him — towards him. But in the end, you know what? He kind of did the right thing. He admitted that I wasn't lying and that Trump had ordered him to do this. So in a way, I guess I forgive him."
Cohen pleaded guilty in August to a slew of charges before a federal court in New York. One of the charges was in relation to making an excessive campaign contribution in 2016, believed to be linked to the hush money he paid Daniels.
Daniels told Dutch TV show, "RTL Late Night with Twan Huys,” in September that she "broke down into sobs" when she learned about Cohen's decision. “Now which one of us looks like a total liar?” she said. “Michael Cohen just confessed ... that I’ve been telling the truth all along.”
Daniels released a book called Full Disclosure earlier this month, which details her alleged affair with Trump. Trump’s legal team has argued that the lawsuit between Daniels and Trump is now moot following the book’s publication, and requested a Los Angeles federal judge Monday to discard the case.