Tag Archives: Michael Avenatti

Avenatti Pleads Guilty To Stealing Millions From Clients

CNN reports: Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling millions of dollars from four of his clients, taking another step closer toward resolving a flurry of federal charges against him. Judge James Selna set Avenatti’s sentencing for September 19. Avenatti faces a statutory maximum of 83 years in prison, although his sentence would likely fall below the maximum. …

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Avenatti Gets Four Years In Stormy Daniels Case

NBC News reports: A federal judge in New York on Thursday sentenced disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti to four years in prison for stealing from his former client, onetime adult film actor Stormy Daniels, who wrote an explosive 2018 book. Avenatti learned his fate, appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman in Lower Manhattan. The defendant had proposed that he …

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Avenatti Ordered To Pay $260K In Nike’s Legal Fees

The New York Daily News reports: Disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti must pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawyers who represented Nike when he tried to extort $25 million from the sportswear giant, a judge ruled Monday. Manhattan Federal Court Judge Paul Gardephe ordered Avenatti to pay $259,800 to Nike in restitution ― about a third of the $856,162 …

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Stormy Daniels: Michael Avenatti Doesn’t Scare Me, Remember “I’ve Seen Donald Trump Naked” [VIDEO]

“I’m far angrier at Michael Avenatti. I only met Trump a handful of times, not even. I didn’t consider him to be a friend. I didn’t have private conversations, and didn’t trust him, and he certainly didn’t steal from me. “Michael Avenatti betrayed my trust and every way possible. He lied to my face. He lied about me. He put …

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Avenatti Found Guilty Of Stealing From Stormy Daniels

The New York Times reports: After deliberations that stretched across three days and at one point appeared to reach an impasse, jurors convicted Mr. Avenatti of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, agreeing with accusations that he used a bogus letter to trick Ms. Daniels’s literary agent into sending him almost $300,000 in publisher’s payments meant for her. During the …

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Michael Avenatti Fires Lawyers, Will Represent Himself

The Guardian reports: The once-prominent attorney Michael Avenatti is now representing himself at his latest criminal trial, a move that sets the stage for a confrontation with his former client, the adult film-maker and actor Stormy Daniels, over her claim that he stole money she was owed for a book. In court in Manhattan on Tuesday, on the second day …

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Jury Selection Begins: Stormy Daniels Vs Avenatti Trial

Courthouse News reports: Already sentenced to federal prison for attempted extortion in New York, Michael Avenatti kicked off jury selection today for a separate indictment charging him with stealing from the adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is expected to be the star witness for the prosecution when Avenatti’s trial begins in-person at the …

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Avenatti Seeks $94M For “Mistreatment” In Prison

CBS News reports: Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who became known for his representation of adult film actress Stormy Daniels and battle with former President Donald Trump, alleges in a new filing with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that he was mistreated while in federal custody in retaliation for his criticisms of Trump and former Attorney General William Barr. Avenatti …

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Mistrial Declared In Avenatti’s Embezzlement Case

NBC News reports: A California judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in lawyer Michael Avenatti’s embezzlement case, where he was accused of stealing nearly $10 million in settlement funds from his clients. The Orange County judge ruled that federal prosecutors failed to disclose data in connection with a law firm server that included a database that tracked expenses and costs associated …

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Court Tosses Avenatti’s Defamation Suit Against Fox

Deadline reports: A federal judge has tossed attorney Michael Avenatti’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News over its coverage of his 2018 arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. Avenatti, whose representation of Stormy Daniels made him a ubiquitous media presence as a pugnacious foe of President Donald Trump, was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges that he plotted …

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Michael Avenatti Gets 30 Months In Nike Extortion Case

The New York Daily News reports: Bulldog lawyer Michael Avenatti has lost his bark. The once-famous attorney choked up Thursday, saying he was ashamed of himself before being sentenced to two years and six months for trying to shake down Nike of more than $20 million. “I lost my way. I betrayed my own values, my friends, my family and …

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Avenatti Pleads For Six Month Sentence In Nike Case

The Associated Press reports: Michael Avenatti should spend no more than six months behind bars after a jury concluded he tried to extort $25 million from sportswear giant Nike, his lawyers told a judge Wednesday, saying the once high-flying California attorney faces constant ridicule after his “cataclysmic fall.” In a sentencing memorandum in Manhattan federal court, the lawyers wrote that …

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Michael Avenatti Temporarily Freed Over COVID Risk

Reuters reports: The convicted celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti has been granted temporary freedom from a New York City jail by a California federal judge who said the spread of the novel coronavirus was a compelling reason to release him. In an order late on Friday, U.S. District Judge James Selna said Avenatti, who represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels in …

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Avenatti Guilty Of Trying To Extort Millions From Nike

Bloomberg Law reports: Michael Avenatti was convicted of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc. and defrauding a client in the process, completing a steep fall for a celebrity lawyer who shot to national attention by styling himself as a foil for President Donald Trump. Jurors in Manhattan found Avenatti guilty of all three criminal counts. The verdict …

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Feds Arrest Michael Avenatti At Bar Association Hearing

Forbes reports: Michael Avenatti, the California attorney known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, was arrested in Los Angeles Tuesday by IRS agents during a disciplinary hearing for allegedly violating the terms of his pretrial release and is expected to appear before a federal court Wednesday. The arrest was made during a hearing in which California’s state bar was …

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Avenatti Charged With Stealing $300K From Stormy

NBC News reports: Federal prosecutors filed additional charges against high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, claiming the frequent White House critic pocketed nearly $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels. Daniels was owed money from a book deal and Avenatti allegedly used a “fraudulent document purporting to bear his client’s name and signature to convince his client’s literary agent to divert …

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SNL Takes On Arrests Of Assange And Avenatti [VIDEO]

Slate reports: It is a rare treat these days to see Kate McKinnon do an impression without extensive makeup, and Pete Davidson, who rarely gets much to do in sketches, pulls off an entire monologue without breaking. But the star is undoubtedly Michael Keaton as a gum-chewing Assange, strutting around the holding cell boasting about being the “King of Chaos” …

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Feds Hit Michael Avenatti With 36-Count Indictment

The Associated Press report: Federal prosecutors said Thursday that attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment in Southern California. Details of the case were scheduled to be made public at a midmorning news conference by U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna and the Internal Revenue Service, Hanna’s office said in a statement to news outlets. The indictment alleges …

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Avenatti Out On Bail, Vows To Expose Nike [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti denied on Tuesday that he had tried to shake down Nike, and he accused the sports apparel giant of committing a “crime and coverup.” Avenatti tweeted his denial a day after he was arrested on federal charges, including trying to extort up to $25 million from the sports apparel company by threatening to reveal …

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Stormy “Saddened, Not Shocked” By Avenatti’s Arrest

The Hill reports: Adult-film star Stormy Daniels said Monday that she was “saddened but not shocked” at charges brought against her former attorney, Michael Avenatti. “Knowing what I know now about Michael Avenatti, I am saddened but not shocked by news reports that he has been criminally charged today,” Daniels said in a statement. “I made the decision more than …

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