Attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing three of the women who have accused Donald Trump of inappropriate sexual advances, is firing back at the GOP nominee’s claim that she sought out more accusers by sending letters to Miss Universe contestants and employees of the business mogul.
Allred said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE Tuesday, “Mr. Trump in a radio interview broadcast in New Hampshire and on the internet yesterday stated that I had sent letters ‘to hundreds and hundreds of people like people that work for me and sent letters to Miss Universe contestants—-. Oh gee, if you have anything, please call us.’ He also called me a third rate lawyer and accused me of working for the Clinton campaign.”
“I say to Mr. Trump, put up or shut up,” the statement continued. “I challenge you to produce the hundreds of non-existent letters which you allege were sent. You will not be able to do it. There are no such letters to your employees or to Miss Universe contestants.”
Allred’s statements comes on the heels of Trump’s interview with WGIR radio on Monday, in which he called Allred a “phony” and a “third-rate lawyer” whom he claimed “works for the Clinton campaign.”
Trump alleged that Allred sent letters to “hundreds and hundreds” of Miss Universe contestants and people who work for him with the message: “Oh gee, if you have anything, please call us.” “With all of the letters sent, nobody even responded … it is such a disgrace,” he added.
Over the past few weeks, 11 women have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct, including PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling them all lies and claiming Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind them.
He has also vowed to sue his accusers. In response, two prominent attorneys — Ted Boutrous of the law firm Gibson Dunn, and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe — have offered to defend Trump’s accusers for free.
Allred, who is a Clinton supporter and was a California delegate for her at the Democratic National Convention, has denied Trump’s claim that she works for the Democratic nominee’s campaign.
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“I have been honored by President Reagan at the White House, and the National Trial Lawyers honored me with their lifetime achievement award,” Allred said in her statement. “You are nothing but a fourth rate politician and a fifth rate human being who is losing this election and lashing out at the women who accuse you. You are attempting to bash me, because I represent three of the accusers. Also, I do not work for the Clinton campaign. I work only for my clients.”
“Please understand that you will not intimidate me,” she also stated. “Others who are smarter, richer and more famous than you are have tried and failed.”
• with reporting by CHRISTINE PELISEK