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US Michael Avenatti Loses Bid to Have Two Nike Extortion Charges Tossed

19:16  06 january  2020
19:16  06 january  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti lost his fight to dismiss two of the counts in the criminal case accusing him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc. The judge didn’t rule on Avenatti ’s motion to dismiss a third count in the indictment. Federal prosecutors say Avenatti , 48, tried to extort

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(Bloomberg) -- Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti lost his fight to dismiss two of the counts in the criminal case accusing him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc.

California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)© ASSOCIATED PRESS California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe on Monday rejected Avenatti’s argument that the counts, which relate to communications Avenatti allegedly sent Nike demanding payment, should be tossed because they were too vague and prosecutors failed to properly allege “wrongful conduct.” Avenatti, who gained a national profile after suing President Donald Trump on behalf of adult-film star Stormy Daniels, is set to go on trial later this month in Manhattan.

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Michael Avenatti , a lawyer, was arrested and charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike through threats of negative publicity right before the Michael Avenatti , the lawyer best known for representing the pornographic film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump

Federal prosecutors in New York charged lawyer Michael Avenatti with attempting to extort more than million from Nike . Avenatti was arrested in

The judge didn’t rule on Avenatti’s motion to dismiss a third count in the indictment.

Federal prosecutors say Avenatti, 48, tried to extort $25 million from Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike while representing a coach, Gary Franklin, who claimed to have information about improper payments to athletes by the company. Nike’s lawyers in New York wore wires to obtain evidence against Avenatti, who was arrested after a meeting with them.

Avenatti demanded the payment in exchange for canceling a potentially damaging press conference about the company, according to prosecutors.

“The indictment adequately alleges that Avenatti engaged in ‘wrongful’ conduct, because it pleads facts demonstrating that Avenatti used threats of economic and reputational harm to demand millions of dollars from Nike, for himself, to which he had no plausible claim of right,” the judge said.

Avenatti said in a statement he would be cleared when the evidence came forward at trial. “I will be fully exonerated by a jury because I did nothing wrong,” he said.

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Michael Avenatti jailed without bond after allegedly violating his pretrial release terms .
A California federal judge on Wednesday ordered attorney Michael Avenatti to be held in jail without bond until his trial for probable violations of his pretrial conditions, including allegedly hiding his assets to defraud creditors. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Avenatti was arrested Tuesday night on a bench warrant after prosecutors alleged he committed new crimes while out on bail.

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