Attorney Michael Avenatti, a vocal Democrat who had once considered running for president in 2020, was charged on Wednesday with taking money that was supposed to be given to his client Stormy Daniels for a book deal, reported Channel 7 News in Miami.
Daniels was not named in the suit, but the details like the book’s release date pointed to her as the client accusing him of fraud. Avenatti allegedly doctored a document to get access to a $300,000 book advance and used it for personal and business expenses, eventually paying back about half.
Avenatti responded to the allegations on Twitter, saying that the funds he took were payment for “millions of dollars” in legal services. According to Avenatti, Daniels only directly paid $100 while he represented her.
I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence,” he wrote. But these are only some of the many charges Avenatti currently faces, some of which could land him in prison for up to 300 years.
Avenatti was also charged in New York for attempting to extort $29 million from Nike by threatening to expose them for paying off players to go to colleges sponsored by the sneaker giant. And finally, a multicount indictment in Los Angeles accuses Avenatti of stealing from clients, bank fraud, lying during bankruptcy proceedings, and not paying his taxes.
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