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Fact check: The fake photo of Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Stormy Daniels was manipulated

Fact check: The fake photo of Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Stormy Daniels was manipulated

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Is a photo showing Stormy Daniels next to Donald and Melania Trump authentic? No, that’s not true: The image posted on social media is a combination of two photos – one of the Trumps with pregnant Melania at an event in 2005 and the other of Daniels posing for photos at a different event in 2006. The three were not seen together in a photo.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on Facebook on May 12, 2024. She began:

A Bible salesman, his pregnant wife, and the woman he never met but paid her $130,000 for something they never did…

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wednesday, May 15, 18:16:34 2024 UTC)

The image of Melania standing between her husband, former President Donald Trump, and Stormy Daniels, an adult film star with whom he is accused of having an affair, is a manipulated image.

A Google keyword search turned up an image (archived here) of Daniels in the black dress at the 2006 AVN Awards, as shown in this image:

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(Source: Screenshot from Wikimedia Commons taken on Wednesday, May 15, 18:18:11 2024 UTC)

A reverse image search of the Trumps’ photo returned several photos of the couple at the 22nd annual Night of Stars gala on October 27, 2005 in New York City. Several news outlets photographed the couple arriving at the event, but Lead Stories was unable to determine the exact match to the photo used.

An image on the website of the photography agency Alamy (archived here) showed Donald and Melania Trump alongside his daughter Ivanka Trump at the event in a pose similar to the image in the doctored photo. The image was published in the Daily Mail (archived here) in 2016 and attributed to the Shutterstock stock agency:

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(Source: Daily Mail website screenshot taken on Wednesday, May 15, 18:25:54 2024 UTC)

A keyword search on the Shutterstock website yielded several images of Melania and Donald Trump at the event.

At the time of writing, the claim had already been verified by several fact-checking organizations, including Snopes in 2018.

Find more Lead Stories fact checks on claims about Donald Trump here and Lead Stories articles on claims about Stormy Daniels here.

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