Michael Avenatti charged is with fraud and extortion for trying to extort $25M from Nike to keep quiet about ‘college basketball scam’ and then ripping off his own client.
He was arrested today for an alleged extortion plot against clothing manufacturer Nike and is charged with committing bank and wire fraud charges surrounding that scheme.
Avenatti’s alleged co-conspirator in the extortion scheme is celebrity attorney and CNN legal analyst, Mark Geragos.
While Michael Avenatti is getting charged with fraud and extortion today…
Keep in mind that Democrats used him to bring false sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 25, 2019
Federal prosecutors in New York announced Monday that they will charge lawyer Michael Avenatti, who gained notoriety for his representation of Stormy Daniels and a discredited Brett Kavanaugh accuser, with an attempt to extort $20 million from Nike. He is also being charged with wire and bank fraud by prosecutors in California.
The big picture: Avenatti tweeted just before the charges were announced, saying he would hold a press conference Tuesday “to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered.” The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Avenatti’s alleged co-conspirator in the extortion scheme is celebrity attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos, who has represented Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Jussie Smollett and other high profile figures. More
.@MichaelAvenatti tweeted Monday that he planned to hold a news conference about @Nike. Less than 45 minutes later, federal prosecutors charged him with trying to extort the company. https://t.co/noxBAOFXdQ
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 25, 2019
You can read both sets of charges against Michael Avenatti here.
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti has been arrested on charges related to an alleged $20 million extortion of the athletic apparel company Nike, federal authorities said Monday.
A press conference is scheduled to discuss the charges against Avenatti in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon. Avenatti is due to be presented in federal court on Monday.
Avenatti, 48, had represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen related to a non-disclosure agreement she had signed on the eve of the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump in exchange for a $130,000 payment. More
Trying to shake down Nike is like trying to shake down the mafia. They do not take prisoners. Oh too perfect! First President Trump’s 100% exoneration from the bogus Russia collusion witch hunt!
Which was a total exoneration! Deal with it Dems! And now this vile little weasel getting his long-overdue comeuppance! What a great couple of days!