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Avenatti Says Other Women Will Soon Be Revealed

Newsweek logo Newsweek 5/17/2018 Jason Le Miere
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It will soon be revealed that Stormy Daniels was not alone in alleging an affair with President Donald Trump and signing a non-disclosure agreement with Michael Cohen to cover it up, the adult film star’s lawyer said Thursday.

Michael Avenatti has long suggested that other women had reached out to him with similar stories to that of his client, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and a decade later, just days before the 2016 election, signed a hush agreement. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is now challenging the legitimacy of that agreement because it was never signed by Trump.

Speaking to MSNBC Thursday, Avenatti said there were now two women with solid cases who would soon be revealed.

"There's at least two that I think are on solid ground,” he told Morning Joe. “As the evidence rolls out in the coming months, disclosures are going to be made that my client was not alone as it relates to these payments.” 

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel's attorney, is interviewed on the Cheddar network, Thursday, May 10, 2018, in New York. © AASOqW Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel's attorney, is interviewed on the Cheddar network, Thursday, May 10, 2018, in New York.

Pressed by the show's hosts about whether the women allege they had agreements with Trump and Cohen and if they claim to have had affairs or sex with the president, Avenatti responded in the affirmative on both counts. He also said that the payments were larger than those made to Daniels.

If the revelations are forthcoming, it would only add to the problems facing Trump and his personal attorney Cohen. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels but has also faced allegations of a similar relationship with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. McDougal recently reached a settlement with the parent company of The National Enquirer, with whom she signed a so-called “catch and kill” deal.

Cohen, meanwhile, has faced a litany of legal troubles. Last month, his home, office and hotel room were raided by the FBI, with records of the payment to Daniels among the materials seized. Trump’s financial disclosure form, released Wednesday, included his repayment to Cohen for the $130,000 deal negotiated with Daniels. After the form was published, the Office of Government Ethics referred the payment to the Department of Justice, stating that it should have been included in the previous year’s disclosure.

Following his interview Thursday, Avenatti tweeted that “Big problems lie ahead for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump.”

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