michael avenatti

Lawyer Michael Avenatti, a harsh critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, has been charged by prosecutors on Monday for extortion and wire fraud.

Michael Avenatti has been arrested in New York, according to the Los Angeles district attorney office.

Michael Avenatti, who became famous as being the lawyer of Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against Donald Trump, is now dealing with federal charges in New York and California.

In New York, Avenatti is being charged of threatening to use his influence with the purpose of causing damages for the Nike company.

In California he is accused of embezzling money from a client with the purpose of paying his personal debts but also the debts of his coffee business and law practice.

According to prosecutors, Avenatti defrauded a bank using fake income statements with the purpose of getting loans of millions of dollars. In the New York case, he was accused of plotting to unveil communication between states with the intention of extorting. Avenatti risks spending up to 47 years in prison.

Court papers show that Michael Avenatti threatened to hold a press conference one day before Nike releases the company’s quarterly financial results at the beginning of the NCAA tournament.

Avenatti and one of his accomplices demanded 15-25 million dollars and another $1.5 million for one of his clients to keep silence. According to court documents, the accomplice, who’s identity has not been revealed, is a lawyer authorized to practice law in California and he also represents celebrities and public persons.

According to the same sources, the client is a male basketball coach in California who received a Nike sponsorship of $72.000 annually. Avenatti posted on Twitter his intention of holding a press conference regarding Nike on Tuesday morning. Less than 45 minutes after that the prosecutors charged Avenatti.

Michael Avenatti represented Stormy Daniels, who’s real name is Stephanie Clifford, in the lawsuits she filed against president Donald Trump.

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