Stormy Daniels stands her ground despite attacks from Trump lawyer at hush-money trial

Donald Trump's defense attorney and Stormy Daniels went head to head on Thursday during cross-examination of the porn star's blistering testimony, the line of questioning occasionally meandering into the bizarre and even earning a critique afterward from the judge.

Under examination that frequently veered hostile, Daniels was quick on her feet, toeing a tight line between tenacity and vulnerability as jurors watched the defense deride her career and assail her credibility.

She clapped back for hours during the most intense testimony yet in the criminal trial, which centers on whether a $130,000 hush money payment to Daniels was fraudulently covered up with the intent of influencing the 2016 presidential election.

Trump lawyer Susan Necheles insisted repeatedly through her questioning that Daniels, 45, had fabricated her story of a one-off sexual encounter with Trump.

"You made all this up, right?" the counsel asked at one point, prompting Daniels to respond with an emphatic "No."

Several moments saw Daniels accuse Necheles of putting words in her mouth: "You're trying to make me say it's changed, but it hasn't changed," she said, referring to her account of events.

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