Michael Avenatti Michael  Avenatti  Charged  with  Extortion,  Presumably  Required  Millions  from  Nike

Michael Avenatti Michael Avenatti Charged with Extortion, Presumably Required Millions from Nike

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti Attorney  Michael  Avenatti,  who  is  representing  an  declared  R.  Kelly  victim,  speaks  to  reporters  at  the  Leighton  Lawbreaker  Court house  in  Chicago  after  the  R&B  singer  got in  a  not  guilty  plea  to  all  10  counts  of  intensified  criminal  sexual  abuse,  Monday  morning,  Feb.  25,  2019. (AP  Image/Teresa  Crawford)

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Michael Avenatti, Rainy Daniels’ former legal representative, has been charged with extortion by federal district attorneys after presumably demanding millions from Nike, according to Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post.

Per that report:

Authorities charge Avenatti threatened to hold a press conference on the eve of the NCAA basketball tournament to expose damaging accusations versus the company unless it paid his customer $1.5 million and concurred to hire Avenatti and another lawyer for $15 to $25 million to conduct an ‘internal examination’ into the accusations.

Avenatti tweeted Monday he had exposed “a significant high school/college basketball scandal” including Nike: 

According to the prosecutor’s charging file, Avenatti likewise proposed “a overall payment of $22.5 million from Nike to willpower any declares [the customer] might have and furthermore to buy Avenatti’s silence” if the company did not hire him.

The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace in Los Angeles filed different charges against Avenatti “accusing him of embezzling a customer’s loan to cover his own financial obligations, as well as utilizing phony tax returns to acquire millions of dollars in loans from a bank,” per Reuters.

According to that report, Avenatti presumably informed Nike lawyers that if his demands weren’t met, “I’ll go take 10 billion dollars off your customer’s market cap. … I’m not f– king around.”

Avenatti is a high-profile lawyer who most notoriously represented Daniels in her legal showdown with President Donald Trump.

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