Crime Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion trial
Avenatti Guilty in Extortion Case
Michael Avenatti, the brash, camera-ready lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, was convicted on charges that he tried to extort more than $20 million from Nike by threatening to expose damaging information about the company. © New York Post Attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at United States Court in the Manhattan. The verdict marks a victory for the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, which brought the case last year following a swift investigation. The federal prosecutors were aided by Nike’s lawyers, who recorded their conversations with Mr. Avenatti. The jury convicted Mr.
Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted Friday by a jury of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike.
The verdict in U.S. District Court in Manhattan came two years after Avenatti gained widespread notoriety for his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal disputes with President Donald Trump.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti convicted of trying to extort Nike
A U.S. jury on Friday found Michael Avenatti guilty in a criminal trial accusing the celebrity lawyer of trying to extort Nike out of millions of dollars and defraud a youth basketball coach he represented. © Reuters/Mike Segar FILE PHOTO: Attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at United States Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City The brash lawyer was all but unknown until two years ago when he began representing the adult film actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump and making hundreds of television appearances. Avenatti's sentencing was scheduled for June 17.
Avenatti was accused in the Nike case of trying to shake down the company by threatening to expose alleged evidence of bribing amateur basketball players and their families unless the company paid up.
The bombastic attorney,, faces upcoming trials in two other federal criminal cases.
One of those cases, in New York, is for charges that he swindled Daniels out of $300,000 in proceeds for a book she wrote.
The other pending case, in California, is on charges of defrauding other clients out of millions of dollars, and tax crimes.
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