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Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on all Counts in Nike Scheme

Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on all Counts in Nike Scheme

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was found guilty Friday on three charges related to his attempted extortion of sports apparel company Nike.

Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle against President Trump, had accused Nike of trying to corrupt college basketball and demanded the company pay him up to $25 million to conduct an investigation. Otherwise, he would expose “evidence” that Nike had bribed high school players and their families.

During the trial, it was revealed that Avenatti faced nearly $11 million in debt when he approached Nike.

“I’m not fucking around with this, and I’m not continuing to play games. And I don’t – you know, this isn’t complicated,” Avenatti said to Nike representative shortly before his arrest. “It’s worth more in exposure to me to just blow the lid on this thing. A few million dollars doesn’t move the needle for me. I’m just being really frank with you…I’ll go take $10 billion off your client’s market cap.”

Avenatti was found guilty of extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, and wire fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, but will likely get off with far less than that. He will almost certainly be disbarred.

“While the defendant may have tried to hide behind legal terms and a suit and tie, the jury clearly saw the defendant’s scheme for what it was – an old fashioned shakedown,” said Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.

In the meantime, Avenatti faces two more federal criminal cases related to accusations that he stole millions of dollars from clients, including Stormy Daniels. He is also charged with tax fraud, wire fraud, perjury, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

“Sadly, it appears what Michale Avenatti did to me was just the tip of the iceberg of deceit. I am not surprised his dishonesty has been revealed on a grand scale,” said Daniels, describing Avenatti’s behavior as “arrogant, fraudulent, and overly aggressive.”

Author’s Note:

This is the guy who attacked Trump, attacked Kavanaugh, and once thought he would run for president. Avenatti is getting exactly what he deserves.

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  1. Pj

    When he gets out of jail the Democrat party will have this disgraceful piece of trash run for office. How many stupid American fools will vote for him?

    • Dan Tyree

      When he gets out he will be too old to run for anything. His candidacy will be for queen bitch on his cell block.

  2. Right-Patriot_Zeno

    Poetic justice for a leftist! Stormy Daniels was treated well by Pres. Trump and was paid and would have done better to stay on good terms with him but she bought into Avenatti and the Left so thought she could shake Pres. Trump down for more money and kind of did but Avenatti stole a lot of the money so she ended up worse off in the long run! What guy with means can ever trust her again? Is what it is!

  3. Fred

    The republicans will have him run for office. He’s like the one in there now.

    • Dennis Yavorsky

      Fred is delusional. Not that Trump is a choir boy, but he is doing good work for constituencies that didn’t even support him – Refreshingly, what is good for the Nation. Pay to play died a little with the failure of the Hillary Campaign. Perhaps, if DJT evicts the Obama holdovers, “Justice” will find its way back into the leadership of the intelligence agencies, Courts, Federal law enforcement and the Justice Department as well..

    • Laura Wagner

      I doubt very much if the republicans will have him. He is way too likely to try to suit his way into the demokrauts even though he will likely be disbarred like both of the Clintons were. He has so much in common with them after all. By Stormy Daniels description, they are “arrogant, fraudulent and overly-aggressive.”