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Stormy Daniels says she was ‘terrified’ of Ben Roethlisberger after she said Trump asked him to walk her back to her hotel room

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  • We now know what porn star Stormy Daniels says in her upcoming book “Full Disclosure” about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
  • She says she was “terrified” of the quarterback in 2006 after future President Donald Trump had him take her back to her hotel room.
  • Michael Avenatti, Daniels’s attorney, said they would issue no further comment regarding the passage on Roethlisberger.

Porn star Stormy Daniels says in her upcoming book “Full Disclosure” that she was “terrified” of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a 2006 incident that took place after her alleged sexual encounter with future President Donald Trump at a Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament.

Daniels rose to prominence in 2018 after it was revealed that Trump’s former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 just before the 2016 presidential election to stay silent about her allegations of a 2006 affair. Cohen last month pleaded guilty to eight felony counts in federal court, including two related to campaign-finance violations. One of those was in connection with the Daniels payment.

CNN reported after reviewing a copy of “Full Disclosure,” in which she dives into her account of the alleged 2006 affair with Trump, Daniels said she met up with Trump the day after their encounter. It was during that meet-up that Trump introduced her to Roethlisberger.

At the end of the night, Daniels said Trump asked Roethlisberger to escort her back to her hotel. Daniels wrote in her book that Roethlisberger asked her for a “good night kiss,” which she refused. She added that Roethlisberger pushed lightly on her hotel room door as they stood outside it.

“I was terrified,” she wrote. “I am rarely terrified.”

After her initial rejection, Daniels wrote that Roethlisberger responded, “Come on.”

After she got inside her hotel room, she said Roethlisberger remained outside for several minutes and knocked at her door before leaving.

A representative for Roethlisberger did not immediately return a request for comment from CNN. Roethlisberger had previously declined to comment about Daniels’s previous mention of him regarding her alleged affair with Trump.

In January, when Daniels’ allegation of an affair with Trump was made public, it was revealed that she told the celebrity gossip magazine In Touch in a 2011 interview, published this year, that Trump had Roethlisberger walk her back to her hotel room a day after she and Trump slept together.

Daniels told the magazine she caught the Manhattan billionaire at a party with the Steelers quarterback, who had won his first Super Bowl earlier that year. Trump, she said, made Roethlisberger “promise to take care of me.”

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“I stayed another 15-20 minutes, and Ben Roethlisberger actually walked me up to my room that night because Donald told him to,” she continued. “Yeah, he walked me all the way to my hotel room.”

Roethlisberger has twice faced allegations of rape. A civil suit was settled in 2012 over an accusation that he raped a woman in his hotel room in 2008 at the same Lake Tahoe celebrity golf tournament. Meanwhile, Trump has promoted his relationship with Roethlisberger.

Before anything was published on Daniels’s latest allegations, her attorney, Michael Avenatti, hinted that Roethlisberger would be featured in his client’s upcoming book. Avenatti tweeted on Tuesday that the pair had “no further comment at this time regarding the details relating to” Roethlisberger.

Avenatti did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.



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What you need to know about the Juja by-election

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The late Juja MP Francis Waititu aka Wakapee.

The Juja parliamentary seat became vacant after MP Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer on February 22, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital.
Waititu was elected on a Jubilee ticket during the 2017 General Election. He garnered 66,190 votes.
According to IEBC, Juja constituency has 114,761 registered voters.
The 2017 General Election had an 80 per cent voter turn-out which saw 91,801 Kenyans casting their votes in the region.  
The by-election
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, voters in the Juja constituency will head to the polls to elect their next member of parliament.
A total of eleven candidates will square it out in the mini poll.

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Jubilee Party By-election Juja MP Nominee Susan Njeri Waititu during certificate issuance at the Party’s Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Main contenders

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1. Waititu Susan Njeri – Jubilee Party
2. Ndung’u George Koimburi – Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP)
Others:
3. Mwangi Kariuki Chege – Independent
4. Kagera Eunice Wanjiru – The New Democrats (TND)
5. Kariuki Joseph Gichui –  Independent
6. Kariuki Rashid Iregi –  Independent
7. Marungo James Kariuki – Independent
8. Mburu John Njoroge – People’s Party of Kenya (PPK)
9. Ndung’u Antony Kirori – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP)
10. Ndung’u Kennedy Gachuma – National Liberal Party (NLP)
11. Zulu Julius Thiong’o – Independent

 

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19-year-old boy charged with defiling girl three years younger

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A 19-year-old teenager is in trouble with authorities for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Tyson Ongaki has been charged before a Kisumu Chief Magistrate’s court and accused of intentionally defiling the minor on various dates. The crime was allegedly committed in Bomet.
The teenager who appeared before Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora however denied the offence and has been released on a Sh100,000 bond.
The court heard that after committing the offense on diverse dates between March 26, 2021 and May 14, 2021, the teenager moved to Kisumu.
He has also been charged with committing an indecent act with a minor.
An investigating officer handling the matter told the court that the suspect was arrested in Kisumu.
The magistrate directed that the matter be heard on June 15, 2021.

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KRA must ease tax filing to boost revenues

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Nikhil Hira Independent tax consultant and Director Bowmans Coulson Harney (law firm). [Courtesy]

Anyone who has been following Kenya’s budgets over the last few years will recall headlines each year saying that the country has set its largest-ever budget. 
The upcoming 2021/22 fiscal year is no exception, with Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani announcing a budget of Sh3.6 trillion – yes, the biggest ever! A little over Sh2 trillion will come from government revenues, with approximately Sh1.8 trillion of this from tax revenues. 
The balance will be borrowed – another common feature of the last few years. 
This year’s budget comes amidst an economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the inherent assumption that the pandemic will come to an end before the start of the next financial year. 
Given surges in infections that are being seen globally, and indeed in Kenya, this assumption may well be the deal-breaker. 
The Ministry of Health has already said that Kenya may see another wave of infections in July, fuelled by the Indian variant. This could result in more lockdowns with the associated impact on the economy and indeed revenue collections. The lack of vaccines is an issue that the government must address as a matter of great urgency if the country is to get through the pandemic without further economic woes. 
While deficits in government budgets are not uncommon, Kenya seems to be annually widening the gap between expenditure and revenues. 
If one applies this model to their household budget, the upshot will almost certainly be bankruptcy. 

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What is actually required is curtailing recurring government expenditures, which is something that the government has acknowledged in the past with proposed austerity measures. 
The reality is that Kenya has not succeeded in doing this, and the pressure on revenue collection is exacerbated. 
When you add to the high level of wastage and corruption we are witnessing, the deficit will almost certainly continue to widen. 
The responsibility for tax collection and enforcement lies with the Kenya Revenue Authority better (KRA). 
There is no doubt that the authority has improved significantly in this task since it was set up in 1995. 
The taxman estimates that 4.4 million tax returns were filed by June 30 last year, up from 3.6 million in the previous year.  While this is a significant improvement, when compared to the country’s population, this number of returns seems unusually low. 
The increase in the number of tax returns, is to a large extent, due to the online reporting system, iTax, and a major push by KRA through taxpayer education.
There is no doubt that the online system has made filing tax returns significantly easier and gone are the large queues of people witnessed at Times Tower on deadline day. 
That said, there is still much to be done to make filing returns a seamless and painless exercise. 
System downtime during filing periods is something that all of us will have experienced, although, in typical Kenyan fashion, we inevitably wait until the last day to file our returns as we do with most things! 
The spreadsheet that one uses to file a return is by no means the simplest to use.  One key issue seems to be that taxpayers are not alerted to changes in the model until they try to upload a return. 
The spreadsheet does not allow one to make it more relevant to their sources of income – in essence, it is too rigid and inflexible. KRA should be able to rectify this without too much effort.
Last year was unusual in that different rates of tax were applicable in the first quarter as compared to the rest of the year.  This followed the Covid-19 relief measures that were introduced in April 2020. 
There was much debate about whether the changes were meant to apply for the whole year or whether some form of apportionment was needed. 
In the end, the decision was made for apportionment. One can argue about what the correct treatment should be, but the issue was how long it took for the decision to be made and, indeed, to amend the iTax system. 
The age-old notion has always been that the more complex and difficult it is to file a tax return, the more likely it will be that taxpayers simply won’t file their returns. While the issue with the system has been resolved, there is an inherent administrative issue here that must be addressed. 
KRA has to be significantly more proactive in dealing with changes in rates and law to ensure the least inconvenience to taxpayers. 
The writer, Nikhil Hira, is the Director of Bowmans Kenya.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s and not necessarily those of Bowmans Kenya  

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