Michael Avenatti convicted of extortion by New York Federal jury

Outspoken anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti was convicted of attempting to extort up to $25 million from athletic wear giant Nike by a New York Federal jury on Friday. 

Michael Avenatti rose to fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who claimed in 2018 that Donald Trump had an affair with her and subsequently paid her $130,000 in hush money.

Avenatti built on that reputation as an anti-Trump attack dog, appearing in numerous television interviews regarding Daniels’ allegations, and it was even rumored in late 2018 that the celebrity attorney was considering a 2020 presidential campaign.

Avenatti’s fall from grace came soon after. Avenatti was arrested in March of 2019 just before meeting with Nike lawyers to threaten them with exposing corruption to the press if they did not allow him to conduct an internal probe of the company.

Fox News reports that “A New York federal jury on Friday found Avenatti guilty on three counts, including extortion, wire fraud and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort. He faces up to a combined 42 years in prison.”

That’s not all for the disgraced lawyer, though, as he also faces an April trial on charges of defrauding Daniels and yet another May trial in Los Angeles for charges of defrauding other clients of millions of dollars.

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