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3 Women Paid 'Hush Money' for Trump Relationships: Avenatti

He said he was "not at liberty to share" the evidence because he didn't have permission from his clients to disclose specifics

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    3 Women Paid 'Hush Money' for Trump Relationships: Avenatti
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    Attorney Michael Avenatti makes a listening gesture during a city-sponsored panel discussion on July 26, 2018, in West Hollywood, California. During the discussion, Avenatti announced that he is representing three more women who will come forth to claim they were paid by Donald Trump, AMI Entertainment and Michael Cohen to remain silent.

    What to Know

    • Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday he is representing three women that he says had relationships with President Trump.

    • He said he has evidence that the women had relationships with the president, but could not disclose further information.

    • He said the women were "paid hush money prior to the 2016 election."

    Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, said Thursday that he now represents three additional women who he says had relationships with President Donald Trump and were paid "hush money" before the 2016 presidential election.

    Avenatti disclosed the information at a community forum in West Hollywood, California, but he would not provide additional information.

    Asked if he had evidence that the women had relationships with Trump, Avenatti said: "Yes."

    He said he was "not at liberty to share" the evidence because he didn't have permission from his clients to disclose specifics. But Avenatti said the women, who contacted him months ago, were "paid hush money prior to the 2016 election."

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    He called on Trump and his former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to come forward and disclose information about the women and their supposed relationships with Trump.

    "They should release the information to the American people now," Avenatti said. "Enough with the games."

    Trump's attorney, Charles Harder, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment late Thursday.

    Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, declined to comment Friday but cautioned against believing everything that a lawyer says in the heat of a legal battle.

    "Mr. Avenatti is an aggressive attorney doing his job in the middle of litigation," Davis said. "I have been there, done that. An attorney in litigation is just that, and until the litigation is over, I'm not going to comment on the words used."

    Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, when he was married, but Trump has denied it. Days before the 2016 presidential election, she was paid $130,000 to stay silent in a deal handled by Cohen. She is suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.

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    Daniels also sued Cohen last month, alleging he colluded with her former lawyer to get her to appear on Fox News and falsely deny a sexual tryst with Trump.