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Michael Avenatti says 3 more women claim they were paid hush money before Trump was elected

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Adult
film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie
Clifford, speaks to the media with her attorney, Michael
Avenatti, outside federal court in Manhattan, April 16,
2018.


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  • Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing porn star
    Stormy Daniels, said he is representing three additional women
    he says were paid hush money before President Donald Trump was
    elected.
  • Avenatti made no assertions about whether the women
    were somehow involved with Trump or someone close to
    him.
  • One of the women in question claims that she was
    pregnant at the time of the payments, according to
    Avenatti.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing porn star Stormy
Daniels, said he is representing three additional women he says
were paid hush money before President Donald Trump was elected.
Avenatti made no assertions about whether the women were
personally involved with Trump or someone close to him.

Speaking on a panel in the Southern California suburb of West
Hollywood on Thursday, Avenatti announced that the women were
paid to refrain from going public with their accounts, but did
not disclose what their stories entailed, according to the local
ABC News affiliate KABC.

Avenatti said he was in the process of getting more information
on their claims, but that one of the women claimed she was
pregnant at the time she was paid.

Avenatti is already representing Daniels, who claims to have had
a sexual affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 to sign
a nondisclosure agreement. Daniels has since sought to void the
agreement and filed a defamation lawsuit with Avenatti against
Trump and Cohen.

Cohen admitted he personally made a $130,000 payment to Daniels
with his own money, but denied that Trump or his campaign was
involved in the transaction. The payment was made a month before
the 2016 US presidential election and raised suspicions that it
served as a hush-money payment.

The speculation about whether Trump was directly involved in the
transaction reached new heights on Tuesday, after Cohen’s
attorney, Lanny Davis, released an audio recording of
a conversation between Trump and Cohen.

The audio recording, which abruptly cuts off, appeared to feature
a discussion in which Trump and Cohen could be heard discussing
how to pay former Playboy model Karen McDougal, another woman who
claimed she had an affair with Trump.

Tabloid publisher National Enquirer, a subsidiary of American
Media, Inc., reportedly paid $150,000 to McDougal for the rights
to her story about the alleged affair, but never published it.
David Pecker, the CEO of that company, is a close friend of Trump
and Cohen and reportedly admitted to squashing some negative
stories about Trump.

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