Porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti has said he now represents three additional women he says had relationships with US president Donald Trump and were paid “hush money” before the 2016 presidential election.
When Mr Avenatti was asked at a community forum in West Hollywood, California, if he had evidence that the women had relationships with Mr Trump, the lawyer replied: “Yes.”
He said he was “not at liberty to share” the evidence because he did not have permission from his clients to disclose specifics.
But Mr Avenatti said the women, who contacted him months ago, were “paid hush money prior to the 2016 election”.
He called on Mr Trump and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to come forward and disclose information about the women and their supposed relationships with the president.
Mr Avenatti said: “They should release the information to the American people now.
“Last time I checked, they weren’t just handing out cheques to anyone whether they had a relationship or not.”
Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Mr Trump in 2006, when he was married, although Mr Trump has denied this.
She is suing to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement.
Mr Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, cautioned against believing everything that a lawyer says in the heat of a legal battle.
He said: “Mr Avenatti is an aggressive attorney doing his job in the middle of litigation.
“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.”