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  • Michael Avenatti pleads guilty to federal felony offenses in California

    06/16/2022 1:44:53 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 16, 2022 | David k li
    Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti on Thursday pleaded guilty to several federal charges in California and admitted to stealing millions of dollars from clients. Avenatti, acting as his own primary counsel, admitted his guilt to four counts of wire fraud and one count of endeavoring to obstruct administration of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Michael Avenatti Gets 4 Years in Prison for Stealing From Porn Star Stormy Daniels

    06/02/2022 8:41:14 AM PDT · by American Number 181269513 · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 2, 2022 | NBC
    Former star lawyer Michael Avenatti, who rose to fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with then-president Donald Trump, on Thursday got 4 years in prison for stealing from her. Avenatti was convicted in early February of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Daniels. He reportedly choked up in court during his sentencing. During a two-week trial, prosecutors said the California lawyer spun a web of lies to cheat Daniels of nearly $300,000 she was owed for her autobiography, spending it on his firm’s payroll and personal expenses. Avenatti argued in closing arguments that he was...
  • Michael Avenatti convicted of stealing from Stormy Daniels

    02/04/2022 12:06:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 4, 2022 | By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti was convicted Friday of charges he cheated the porn actor Stormy Daniels out of nearly $300,000 she was supposed to get for writing a book about an alleged tryst with former president Donald Trump. Avenatti stared straight ahead as the verdict was read. It was another crushing defeat for the California lawyer, who has faced a host of legal problems after briefly rising to fame as one of Trump’s leading antagonists on cable news early in the Republican’s administration. Avenatti dumped his lawyers and decided to represent himself shortly after the trial began, setting...
  • Stormy’s Revenge: Jury Convicts Michael Avenatti of Fraud

    02/04/2022 1:58:53 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 36 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 2/4/2022 | Kate Briquelet
    Michael Avenatti Stormy Daniels Kate Briquelet Fri, February 4, 2022, 2:04 PM·6 min read In this article: Michael Avenatti American attorney and entrepreneur Stormy Daniels American pornographic actress and director Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images California litigator Michael Avenatti, who in 2018 earned stardom as President Donald Trump’s legal foil, was convicted on Friday of stealing funds from adult film actress Stormy Daniels, the client who made him famous. A Manhattan federal jury found Avenatti guilty of single counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft related to his pocketing nearly $300,000 of Daniels’ advance for her memoir, Full...
  • Stormy Daniels details how Michael Avenatti allegedly ripped her off at his trial

    01/27/2022 3:34:46 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 35 replies
    Nypost ^ | 01/27/2022 | Ben Feuerherd
    Porn star Stormy Daniels detailed how her former attorney, Michael Avenatti, allegedly stole hundreds of thousands in book advance money from her – and lied to her about the missing funds almost every day for five months at his trial Thursday. Daniels, wearing a black dress, a red sweater and black high heels, took the stand at Avenatti’s criminal trial in Manhattan federal court – and walked jurors through a series of text messages and documents that showed her communication with her former attorney as she navigated a six-figure book deal in 2018.
  • Once allies, Stormy Daniels and Avenatti face off at trial

    01/23/2022 7:10:25 AM PST · by McGruff · 19 replies
    AP ^ | January 23, 2022 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    Stormy Daniels, the porn star who catapulted herself and Michael Avenatti to fame with lawsuits against former President Donald Trump, will have a starring role in court beginning Monday when prosecutors try to prove that the California lawyer cheated her of $300,000 in book proceeds. Her testimony in Manhattan federal court will be pivotal for prosecutors trying to prove Avenatti engaged in wire fraud and aggravated identity theft to keep from giving his client money he had received from her publisher. Opening statements are set for Monday. Daniels is not expected to testify until Tuesday, at the earliest. Avenatti, 50,...
  • Michael Avenatti claims the only book he was allowed to read in prison was his long-time foe Donald Trump's 1987 memoir Art of the Deal: Disgraced lawyer sues the Bureau of Prisons for $94m for mistreatment (TR)

    01/14/2022 9:03:41 AM PST · by knighthawk · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 14 2022 | ANDREA CAVALLIER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Michael Avenatti is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) alleging that he was mistreated during his time in federal custody and was given only one book in confinement - Donald Trump's 'The Art of the Deal'. Avenatti, the disgraced lawyer known for his representation of adult film star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against Trump, is seeking $94 million, or $1 million for each day he says he spent in solitary confinement or lockdown while he was in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in 2020. He is claiming that the federal government is liable for intentional infliction...
  • Michael Avenatti's California Embezzlement Case Ends in Mistrial, New Trial in October

    08/24/2021 4:08:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 8/24/21 | Mary Ellen Cagnassola
    The embezzlement trial of attorney Michael Avenatti, who is accused of stealing millions in settlement money from clients, ended in a mistrial Tuesday as U.S. District Judge James. V. Selna ruled that federal prosecutors failed to turn over relevant financial evidence to Avenatti, the Associated Press reported. The trial was the second in recent months for Avenatti, who captured the nation's attention when he represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against then-President Donald Trump. Selna scheduled a tentative new trial date for October 12 and another hearing is set for September 2. In July, Avenatti was sentenced...
  • Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti’s financial woes revealed

    08/14/2021 11:07:52 PM PDT · by Robwin · 17 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | AUG 13, 2021 | LEONARD GREENE
    Broke would be an improvement for Michael Avenatti.The jail-bound lawyer who once took on former President Donald Trump is so impoverished that he sleeps on an air mattress at a friend’s house and can’t get a dime from anyone in his family, a newly unsealed court filing reveals.With mountainous debt and restitution demands, the once-brash lawyer said in the financial document from July 2020 that he’s beyond broke.
  • Michael Avenatti seen weeping in court after sentencing

    07/08/2021 4:46:44 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jul 8, 2021
    'The Five' look back at how the media covered the disgraced lawyer. #FoxNews #TheFive
  • Lawyer Michael Avenatti sentenced to 30 months in prison for Nike shakedown

    07/08/2021 12:47:28 PM PDT · by Nateman · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 8, 2021 | Stephen Rex Brown
    Bulldog lawyer Michael Avenatti has lost his bark. The once-famous attorney wept Thursday before being sentenced to two years and six months for trying to shake down Nike for more than $20 million.
  • Michael Avenatti Faces Sentencing in Nike Extortion Scheme

    07/08/2021 10:29:14 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 07/08/2021 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the brash California lawyer who publicly sparred with then-President Donald Trump before criminal fraud charges on two coasts disrupted his rapid ascent to fame, faces sentencing in one of those cases Thursday. Over a year after a jury concluded Avenatti tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike by threatening the company with bad publicity, U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe will sentence him in Manhattan. Avenatti was convicted on charges that he tried to extort up to $25 million from the Beaverton, Oregon-based sportswear giant as he represented a Los Angeles youth basketball...
  • Prosecutors seek 'very substantial' prison time for Avenatti

    06/18/2021 8:47:12 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Wed, June 16, 2021, 9:54 PM | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike. Prosecutors noted in a Manhattan federal court submission that Probation Office officials recommend an eight-year prison term for the California attorney who gained fame three years ago through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels against then-President Donald Trump.
  • Prosecutors seek ‘very substantial’ prison time for Avenatti

    06/16/2021 11:04:26 PM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    AP ^ | 16 Jun 2021 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike. Prosecutors noted in a Manhattan federal court submission that Probation Office officials recommend an eight-year prison term for the California attorney who gained fame three years ago through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels against then-President Donald Trump. “The defendant, a prominent attorney and media personality with a large public following, betrayed his client and sought to enrich himself by weaponizing his public profile in an attempt to extort...
  • How Michael Avenatti went from battling Trump to fighting his own legal woes

    01/23/2021 12:35:09 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/15/2021 | Scott Cohn
    The scandal involving President Donald Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels — who received $130,000 in hush money over an alleged 2006 sexual tryst — is likely to remain alive long after he leaves office. ---snip--- “Mr. Avenatti was targeted by Donald Trump, William Barr and Trump’s Department of Justice,” Avenatti attorney Daniel Steward said in an e-mail to CNBC’s “American Greed.” “Does anyone really think that politics didn’t play a huge role in all of this?” Avenatti, 49, faces up to 43 years in prison when he is sentenced in the Nike case. He could face decades more if...
  • Michael Avenatti released from jail after quarantine due to coronavirus threat

    04/24/2020 12:52:07 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/24/2020 | By Barnini Chakraborty | Fox News
    Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti walked out of a New York City federal jail Friday morning after a judge ordered his temporary release due to coronavirus fears. The onetime agitator of President Trump left the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan at around 11 a.m., his attorney Dean Steward said. Avenatti is required to return to the facility in 90 days. Avenatti has been in quarantine for the past 14 days at the facility to make sure he doesn't have signs of the novel coronavirus that has infected 2.7 million people worldwide. He is part of a growing group of non-violent high-profile...
  • Michael Avenatti temporarily freed from jail due to coronavirus threat

    04/11/2020 12:19:19 PM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2020 | Jonathan Stempel
    April 11 (Reuters) - 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 lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump, may stay at a friend's home during the 90-day release period. Avenatti, 49, must first be quarantined for 14 days at a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility, to ensure he does not...
  • Judge won’t release Avenatti over coronavirus fears

    03/23/2020 9:10:48 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/22/2020 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A federal judge in Los Angeles has rejected a plea from prominent convicted lawyer Michael Avenatti to be released from jail because of the risk he could contract the coronavirus. U.S. District Court Judge James Selna turned aside Avenatti’s claims that a bout he had with pneumonia last September puts him in grave danger if COVID-19 begins to rampage through federal prisons like the Manhattan detention center where he’s currently locked up. Avenatti, who was convicted by a New York federal court jury last month on charges of trying to extort shoemaking giant Nike and is facing other federal charges...
  • Michael Avenatti’s lawyer afraid to visit him in jail over coronavirus

    03/18/2020 4:06:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 32 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 11 March 2020 | Ben Feuerherd
    Fraudster Michael Avenatti’s attorney is scared to visit him at the dirty and dangerous Metropolitan Correctional Center — because he fears the lockup could be a coronavirus hotbed. . . . “Mr. Avenatti’s cell was infested with rats. The jail reeks or urine. As of yesterday, Mr. Avenatti had not shaved in weeks. Meanwhile, across the country, public officials are declaring states of emergency as a result of the spread of the coronavirus,” Srebnick wrote.
  • 'Creepy Porn Lawyer' was stuck in 'rat-infested' Manhattan jail cell and went nearly a week without a shower, letter to court says

    03/13/2020 7:56:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/12/20 | Shayna Jacobs
    NEW YORK - Michael Avenatti was stuck in a "rat-infested" jail cell for a 10-day stretch during a recent lockdown at a federal detention center and was able to shower only twice in about two weeks, his attorney said in a letter to a judge Wednesday. The details of Avenatti's recent experience at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan were discussed in a letter sent by his attorney Scott Srebnick to U.S. District Court Judge Paul Gardephe seeking a postponement to a probation background interview Avenatti is supposed to complete. The lockdown in recent weeks was due to a...