Melania Trump has stayed by her husband’s side despite numerous reports of affairs and alleged sexual misconduct.Evan Agostini/Getty Images
- Former porn star Stormy Daniels says she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, a year after he married Melania Trump and just months after the first lady gave birth to Barron.
- On Tuesday, Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes, including making illegal contributions to the Trump campaign on the same day he facilitated a $130,000 payment to the porn star to keep her from speaking about the affair.
- Trump has been plagued by allegations of affairs and sexual misconduct throughout his three marriages to Ivana Trump, Marla Maples, and Melania Trump.
- Business Insider has created a timeline of exactly when these relationships, rumored affairs, and reported acts of sexual harassment and assault allegedly took place over the years.
After months of speaking out about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, Stormy Daniels says she is “vindicated” by Michael Cohen’s guilty plea on Tuesday.
Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer, struck a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to eight federal crimes. While Daniels was not mentioned by name, Cohen pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to the Trump campaign on the same day he facilitated a $130,000 payment to the porn star to keep her from speaking about the affair.
“Michael [Avenatti] and I are vindicated and we look forward to the apologies from the people who claimed we were wrong,” Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told NBC News in a statement.
While Daniels has been in the limelight due to the Cohen’s alleged payments, she isn’t the only woman who claims to have had an affair with Trump while he was married. A former Playboy model says that she had an affair with Trump around the same period, and a number of women have accused the president of sexual harassment and assault during the years he has been married to Melania. (Trump denies these claims.)
Here’s a timeline that spells out when Trump’s marriages started and ended, as well as alleged and confirmed affairs and accusations of sexual misconduct that reportedly occurred during these periods:
Melania Trump is not the president’s first wife. That would be Ivana Trump, who married Donald Trump — then a young real estate developer — in 1977.
Trump talks with his former wife, Ivana Trump, during the men’s final at the US Open in 1997.Mike Blake/Reuters
Ivana is the mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka (whose actual name is Ivana Marie), and Eric Trump. Ivana also worked to develop the Trump Organization as vice president of interior design.
Donald Trump Jr., Ivana Trump, Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump attend the 9th Annual Eric Trump Foundation Golf Invitational Auction & Dinner in 2015.Grant Lamos IV / Stringer
Trump’s reputation was tied to his “playboy” image, which came with rumors of affairs. According to one report, Trump tried to get Playboy magazine to run a “Girls of Trump” spread featuring his employees.
This June 7, 1995, file photo shows Trump posing for photos above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after taking his flagship Trump Plaza Casino public in New York City.AP/Kathy Willens
“He even tried to get Playboy to do a spread called ‘The Girls of Trump,’ wooing his most shapely staffers, including a former beauty queen secretary, into posing for the magazine with a sliding scale of offers on everything from full nude to breast to ‘wet-lip’ shots,” Wayne Barrett wrote in his 1991 book “Trump, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, The Downfall, The Reinvention.”
Barrett continued: “It was all part of the rakish ethos of phony glamour that he consciously fostered, even to the extent of concealing from public view a very efficient secretary with a pimplish facial condition.”
More than a dozen women have said that Trump sexually assaulted them or committed other acts of sexual impropriety, with allegations stretching back to the 1980s.
Donald Trump and his former wife, Ivana, pose outside the Federal Courthouse after she was sworn in as a United States citizen in May 1988.Reuters
Jessica Leeds told The New York Times in 2016 that Trump “grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt” when the pair were seated next to each other on a flight in the early 1980s, when Trump would have been married to Ivana.
“He was like an octopus,” Leeds told The Times. “His hands were everywhere.”
Trump denied Leeds’ claims, as well as other allegations of sexual assault.
Trump’s marriage to Ivana fell apart when he began an affair with the model Marla Maples, which dominated the tabloids in the early 1990s.
Ivana and Trump divorced in 1991, after months of headlines about Trump’s affair with Maples.
Donald Trump (right) watches as Marla Maples gets a kiss from Earl Sinclair of TV’s “Dinosaurs” in 1992.Henry Ray Abrams/Reuters
“The children are all wrecks,” Ivana told gossip columnist Liz Smith. “Ivanka now comes home from school crying, ‘Mommy, does it mean I’m not going to be Ivanka Trump anymore?’ Little Eric asks me, ‘Is it true you are going away and not coming back?'”
Maples and Trump were married in 1993, soon after the birth of their daughter, Tiffany. In 1997, the pair announced plans to divorce.
Marla Maples (left), and Donald Trump (right) with their family at the US Tennis Open championships in New York in 1994.Mike Segar/Reuters
Trump wasn’t single for long. In 1998, he met model Melania Knauss. The pair married in January 2005.
Trump and then-girlfriend Melania Knauss leave Hollinger International’s annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003.Peter Morgan/Reuters
In September 2005, Trump was caught on tape telling “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush that he was able to “grab” women “by the p—y” because “when you’re a star they let you do it.”
The tape was published by The Washington Post just before the 2016 presidential election, at which time Trump called his commentary “locker room banter.”
Melania gave birth to the couple’s only son, Barron, in March 2006.
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss pose for photographers as they arrive for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance evening on board the Queen Mary 2, Saturday, April 24, 2004 in New York.Stuart Ramson/AP
Trump allegedly had a sexual encounter with former adult film star Stormy Daniels just four months later, in July 2006.
Stormy Daniels attends a signing for comedian Dane Cook’s CD/DVD “Retaliation” at Tower Records on July 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California.Matthew Simmons/Getty
The alleged affair reentered the spotlight earlier in 2018 with the news that Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had facilitated a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shortly before the 2016 election.
On Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes, including making an illegal campaign contribution on the same day he facilitated the payment to Daniels.
Playboy model Karen McDougal allegedly started an affair with Trump even closer to the birth of Barron, in June 2006.
Trump reportedly met McDougal at the Playboy Mansion while filming an episode of “The Apprentice.”NBC
In February, The New Yorker published an investigation into McDougal’s alleged affair, which reportedly continued for months.
American Media, a media company that owns the National Enquirer and has close ties to Trump, bought the exclusive rights to McDougal’s story, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2016. But, the company did not run any pieces on the story — something that The New Yorker notes is a tactic commonly used by media outlets to kill a story.
The White House claimed the incidents discussed in the document did not happen, with a spokesperson telling The New Yorker, “The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.”
A number of woman have also alleged that Trump sexually harassed or assaulted them during his relationship and marriage to Melania.
Summer Zervos.Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
People’s Natasha Stoynoff alleged in 2016 that Trump pushed her against a wall and “shoved” his tongue “down her throat” when she went to Mar-a-Lago to interview him and the very-pregnant Melania in December 2005.
Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants said that Trump harassed and assaulted them in 2006, inspecting them before the pageants and grabbing them without consent.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” said that Trump “very aggressively” kissed her, groped her breasts, and began “thrusting” his genitals at her in a 2007 meeting at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Trump has denied all of these allegations.
Melania has stayed by Trump’s side throughout the repeated allegations that he cheated on her throughout their relationship, including when she was pregnant and soon after Barron’s birth.
Trump tries to quiet his son Barron while Melania holds Barron during the men’s finals championship match at the US Open in 2008.AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File
However, the first lady often disappears from the public view when Trump’s alleged affairs make headlines.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
In February, the first lady eschewed the traditional walk with the president across the White House’s South Lawn to Marine One after The New Yorker published its report on the McDougal affair.
The first lady also largely disappeared from public engagements with her husband after the Wall Street Journal reported in January that Trump’s lawyer organized the transfer of $130,000 into Stormy Daniels’ account.