Attorneys for Michael Cohen said Wednesday they want U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York to deny the pro hac vice application by adult film actress Stephanie Clifford’s attorney, Michael Avenatti.

Cohen’s team, led by McDermott Will & Emery partner Stephen Ryan, said Avenatti should be denied the ability to appear in the Southern District because of statements and material he made public Tuesday. Cohen’s lawyers argued the statements and disclosures were untrue, meant to damage Cohen’s reputation and based on information Avenatti possesses improperly.

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