Attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at the U.S. courthouse in New York on October 8, 2019.
Brendan McDermid | Reuters
Michael Avenatti, the brazen attorney who became the main enemy of then-President Donald Trump, is convicted on Thursday afternoon in New York for a brazen botched plan blackmail the sportswear giant Nike for up to 25 million US dollars.
Avenatti’s troubles won’t end after Manhattan Federal Court Justice Paul Gardephe takes him in Nike Case in which the prosecutor has asked a prison sentence of around eight years. His defense lawyers want him only to be detained for six months.
The 50-year-old California attorney faces two other federal criminal cases pending.
Avenatti will begin a trial on a number of charges in California next week. where prosecutors said he defrauded customers out of millions of dollars. One of these clients was a mentally ill paraplegic.
Next year, Avenatti is slated to go to trial in Manhattan federal court for allegedly cheating on another fallen client, pornstar Storm Daniels $ 300,000 in proceeds for a book she wrote.
Avenatti has denied any criminal misconduct.
He gained widespread fame and disgrace, for his bombastic portrayal of Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump once before he ran for president.
Trump’s personal attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $ 130,000 to keep silent about her allegations shortly before the 2016 presidential election so as not to affect Trump’s chances of winning the White House. Trump denies having sex with Daniels.
After the hush money program was exposed, Avenatti has been an almost constant presence on cable television news attacking Trump and Cohen. Avenatti once flirted with running for the Democratic presidential run in 2020.
But the attorney’s commercial flash came as he staggered under millions in debt, a burden prosecutors alleged had committed a series of serious crimes for which he was charged in early 2019.
In the case of Nike, Avenatti was convicted in the process Attempt to shake off the listed company by threatening to go public with alleged evidence in March 2019 that Nike bribed amateur basketball players and their families.
Avenatti warned Nike’s attorney that the allegations “could reduce your client’s market capitalization by $ 10 billion”.
“I don’t play around with it and I don’t play any more,” Avenatti told Nike lawyers shortly before his arrest.