BREAKING: Avenatti Indicted For Aggravated Identity Theft and Scheme to Defraud Stormy Daniels


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The U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York announced a new indictment of Michael Avenatti for allegations of fraud and identity theft against his former client Stormy Daniels in the adult film star’s legal battle against President Donald Trump. “As alleged, Avenatti used misrepresentations and a fraudulent document purporting to bear his client’s name and signature to convince his client’s literary agent to divert money owed to Avenatti’s client to an account controlled by Avenatti,” Judge Richard Berman wrote of the disgraced celebrity attorney, who was also indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan for the charges related to his attempt to extort Nike this week. “[He] then spent the money principally for his own personal and business purposes,” the judge added. “The fraud and aggravated identity theft case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts of the Southern District of New York.” Continue reading "BREAKING: Avenatti Indicted For Aggravated Identity Theft and Scheme to Defraud Stormy Daniels"

Stormy Daniels Lets it Fly in Freewheeling Stand-Up Set: I Don’t Know Who’s Worse — Trump or Avenatti


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Stormy Daniels brought the thunder on Tuesday night when she slammed her enemies during her first foray into stand-up comedy. The Daily Beast reported on Daniels’ performance at Stand Up NY, during which she set the tone when she remarked that “I can say whatever the f*ck I want and nobody can stop me.” Daniels managed to read her audience well enough — telling the crowd that she won’t be able to make the entire set about her alleged liaison with Trump because, “How do you stretch 60 seconds into 60 minutes?” After treating the crowd to tales from her personal history and her work in the porn industry, she ended up taking questions from the audience. During the Q&A, Daniels said she’ll go visit Michael Cohen in prison as long as “pointing and laughing” isn’t frowned upon.
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Shepard Smith Roasts Avenatti For Having His Jet Seized: He’ll Have to Uber Between CNN and MSNBC Now


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Oh how the mighty have fallen. Wednesday on Fox News, Shepard Smith roasted attorney Michael Avenatti during a report about the Feds seizing one of the lawyer’s more expensive toys. “Michael Avenatti’s gonna start slumming it now,” Smith said, dryly. “Federal officials say they’ve just seized his $5 million jet.” The plane — a Honda HA 420 — was a six-seat, twin engine business jet. Smith was particularly amused by one specific detail. “The plane is known to be registered to, and I quote, ‘Passport 420,'” Smith said. “Passport meaning a way to get around, potentially, 420 often meaning … hmm … weed. But we don’t know, in this case.” Smith, though, saved his best snark for last — even taking a jab at a couple of rivals in the process. “We do know that trips between CNN and MSNBC will now require an Uber, as the jet Continue reading "Shepard Smith Roasts Avenatti For Having His Jet Seized: He’ll Have to Uber Between CNN and MSNBC Now"

Michael Avenatti Grilled on CNBC Over Nike: ‘Do You Have Any Proof of That?’


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Michael Avenatti, who has been charged with attempting to extort Nike, appeared on CNBC this afternoon and faced a grilling over his allegations that Nike has been bribing players and their families. CNBC’s report on Avenatti’s document dump included a response from Nike saying, “Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the tournament. Nike will continue its cooperation with the government’s investigation into Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Grilled on CNBC Over Nike: ‘Do You Have Any Proof of That?’"

Michael Avenatti Insists ‘The Facts Are On My Side’ in First TV Interview Since Arrest


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Michael Avenatti sat down for an interview with Jericka Duncan that appeared on CBS This Morning which was the first television interview since he was arrested on federal charges of wire fraud and extorting $20 million from Nike in separate cases in New York and California. Avenatti maintained his innocence without providing details,  saying that the way this story “has been framed is not accurate.”  He added “And in fact, from the first moment that we had any meeting with Nike, we made it clear that under no circumstances would we participate in anything that did not require full disclosure to investigators and the federal government.” As he had shared before via Twitter, Avenatti admitted to being unsettled saying “I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m all of those things, and If I wasn’t, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense.” But when Duncan noted that he seemed confident, Avenatti Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Insists ‘The Facts Are On My Side’ in First TV Interview Since Arrest"

Avenatti Denies Fraud Charges, Says He’s ‘Concerned,’ ‘Nervous, and ‘Scared’


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Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti is “concerned” and “scared” about the charges against him — which he denied in an interview with CBS This Morning. In his first interview since being arrested on federal charges of wire fraud and extorting $20 million from Nike in separate cases in New York and California, Avenatti said he was “nervous,” “concerned,” and “scared” of the charges. “Sure, I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m all of those things, and If I wasn’t, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense,” he said. The embattled lawyer expressed gratitude for the people in his life who have supported him thus far, as Continue reading "Avenatti Denies Fraud Charges, Says He’s ‘Concerned,’ ‘Nervous, and ‘Scared’"

The View Blasts Michael Avenatti Months After He Co-Hosted Show: ‘Sleazebag’


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Michael Avenatti was warmly received on The View months ago when he was still representing Stormy Daniels. But on Tuesday, the panel ripped the attorney amid his growing legal troubles. Joy Behar expressed sadness over Avenatti’s arrest, saying that he helped Daniels go public with her story about Donald Trump, and now the president is likely to use his alleged embezzlement and extortion crimes to make himself look better. Abby Huntsman said she also felt bad, but she explained that it was out of pity for Daniels since she was represented by “a sleazy con artist” when she had “an incredible story to tell.” Sunny Hostin spelled out how badly Avenatti’s charges reflect on him as an attorney. And Meghan McCain noted the degree to which Avenatti was sensationalized by the media. This led to McCain bringing up a clip currently going viral on Twitter, in which she Continue reading "The View Blasts Michael Avenatti Months After He Co-Hosted Show: ‘Sleazebag’"

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: ‘My Legal Analysis is Michael Avenatti Had a Bad, Bad Day’


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Stormy Daniels‘ ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti was charged on Monday for trying to extort Nike out of millions and weighing in on the matter, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said it doesn’t look good. Toobin’s comments came as the CNN panel was discussing Avenatti and his appearance in a federal court on Monday afternoon. “We’re waiting for Michael Avenatti to emerge from the federal courthouse in New York,” host Wolf Blitzer said. “As you know, he’s been charged with allegedly extorting Nike for millions and millions of dollars. Let me get your legal analysis of all of this, Jeffrey.” Toobin replied simply: “My legal analysis is Michael Avenatti had a bad, bad day.” He further added: “I mean, he is charged in two separate cases. In the Southern District of New York in Manhattan with this extortion case trying to get money out of Nike that at least according to Continue reading "CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: ‘My Legal Analysis is Michael Avenatti Had a Bad, Bad Day’"

CNN Drops Mark Geragos After Legal Commentator Reported as Co-Conspirator in Avenatti Scheme


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The co-conspirator charged along with Michael Avenatti in a $20 million extortion plot against Nike has been revealed to be longtime CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos. Geragos had recently represented former NFL player and Nike representative Colin Kaepernick, in the football player’s lawsuit against the NFL. The criminal defense attorney, who represented a number of notable figures including Empire‘s Jussie Smollett and former Congressman Gary Condit, was the co-conspirator referred to in the criminal complaint against Avenatti, according to the Wall Street Journal. CNN told Mediaite that Geragos is no longer a contributor at the network.

US Attorney on Charges Avenatti Tried to Extort $20 Million From Nike: ‘This Was an Old-Fashioned Shakedown’


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US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman spoke at a press conference today laying out the charges against Michael Avenatti. Avenatti, former lawyer to Stormy Daniels, was arrested today and charged with attempting to extort over $20 million from Nike. Berman laid out what they uncovered and how Avenatti was allegedly “threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict financial and reputational harm on the company.” “Avenatti repeatedly pressured the company to agree to pay or risk having Avenatti hold a press conference that he claimed would dramatically drive down the stock price of the company and its market value,” Berman said. Before the charges were announced, Avenatti tweeted this today:

Prosecutor Announces Fraud Charges Against Avenatti: A ‘Corrupt Lawyer’ Who ‘Fights For His Own Selfish Interests’


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Prosecutors in Los Angeles laid out the charges against Michael Avenatti, the boisterous lawyer known for his jabs and tweets against President Donald Trump, where he is being charged with bank and wire fraud. These charges are separate from those brought by federal prosecutors with the South District of New York, where they say he attempted to extort Nike for a large amount of money for him and his client. “The case is a result of two years of tax collections and investigative efforts by the IRS. The federal criminal complaints Mr. Avenatti with wire fraud and bank fraud and contains a series of allegations of payments and ugly picture of lawless conduct and greed,” U.S Attorney Nick Hanna announced. “On his Twitter account, Mr. Avenatti describes himself as ‘Attorney, advocate, fighter for the good. Continue reading "Prosecutor Announces Fraud Charges Against Avenatti: A ‘Corrupt Lawyer’ Who ‘Fights For His Own Selfish Interests’"

Michael Avenatti Gets Roasted After Arrest: From 2020 to ’20 to 30′


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As if getting charged on an alleged $20 million extortion attempt from Nike wasn’t enough, Michael Avenatti now has to face the ridicule of the online mob. The former attorney, best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, is the subject of delight for many — particularly those already celebrating Trump’s vindication from Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s three-year-long Russia probe Sunday. “Finally time to take the bandages off of my massive “Avenatti 2020″ back tattoo. But first, to scan today’s headlines,” tweeted podcaster Patrick Monahan. MSNBC’s Sam Stein joked it “would be remarkable if Trump pardoned Avenatti just to own him.”

Stormy Daniels on Avenatti Charges: I’m ‘Not Shocked,’ He Was ‘Extremely’ Dishonest With Me


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Stormy Daniels is not surprised with the brewing legal troubles surrounding her former lawyer, Michael Avenatti. In her first public comments on Avenatti’s arrest, Daniels said she was “saddened but not shocked” by the news, saying she dismissed him as her legal representative after finding out “he had dealt with me extremely dishonestly.” She also promised that she will elaborate more on Avenatti’s conduct in the future. Avenatti was arrested on Monday amid charges that he tried to extort Nike for over $20 million by threatening to release damaging information about their company. He’s also facing charges for bank and wire fraud over an alleged embezzlement case in Los Angeles. [Photo via Getty Images] — —
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MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Reacts to Avenatti Arrest and Charges: ‘My Head Is Officially Going to Explode’


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The anchors on MSNBC were in shock over the breaking news that Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who catapulted to fame over the lawsuit with his former client Stormy Daniels, had been arrested and charged with extortion. “I want to just interrupt for a second with some breaking news we’ve got right now. Michael Avenatti has been arrested for extortion. He’s the high profile attorney who represented Daniels in her fight to get out of a nondisclosure agreement with her alleged affair Donald Trump in 2006 and was paid for her silence by then Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Joining me is investigations reporter Tom Winter. Tom, what on Earth is going on?” Ali Velshi asked. Avenatti is alleged with an extortion plot in which he is said to have threatened Nike with the promise that he would go public with damaging information about the company unless the athletic Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Reacts to Avenatti Arrest and Charges: ‘My Head Is Officially Going to Explode’"

BREAKING: Avenatti Arrested And Charged With Trying to Extort $20 Million From Nike


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Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rose to fame with his former representation of Stormy Daniels, has been arrested and is being charged with extortion over allegations that he tried to extract more than $20 million from Nike. Federal prosecutors with the South District of New York (SDNY) have announced that they are criminally charging Avenatti over an alleged plot where he threatened Nike by promising that he had damaging information about the company, and he’d go public with it unless the athletic apparel company agreed to give him and a client millions of dollars. The news comes an hour after Avenatti had this to say on Twitter:

Stormy Daniels Says She Will ‘Definitely’ Fire Avenatti if Domestic Abuse Allegations are True


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Speaking at Oxford University in a clip released by CBS News,  Stormy Daniels said that if the allegations against Michael Avenatti turn out to be true, he is done as her lawyer. “I’m sure Michael’s not going to like this, but until I know all of the candidates and their platforms, I will not endorse anyone. But I am open-minded,” Daniels said one day after her lawyer’s arrest, referring to the fact that Avenatti is considering a 2020 run. Then after noting that she has been “bombarded” with information since the news broke about Avenatti’s arrest on domestic violence charges she added: “I will say that right now there are just allegations and I’m going to reserve judgment and I hope that everyone does, because trust me, I know what it feels like to be on the other end of that, until all the details are discovered.” She also acknowledged Continue reading "Stormy Daniels Says She Will ‘Definitely’ Fire Avenatti if Domestic Abuse Allegations are True"

Laura Ingraham Jokes About Avenatti’s Domestic Violence Arrest: ‘He’s a Heck of a Right Hook’


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Laura Ingraham cracked a perhaps ill-advised joke about the arrest of Michael Avenatti for alleged domestic violence this week. On The Ingraham Angle Thursday night, the Fox News host discussed Avenatti’s arrest in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence. The lawyer, best known for representing Stormy Daniels in her fight against President Donald Trump, has denied any violence. When one of Ingraham’s guests was praising Avenatti, the host jumped in: “He’s a heck of a right hook.” “No that’s not true,” he guest replied. “He’s innocent until proven guilty.” Watch above, via Fox News. Avenatti has been pushing back on media coverage of his arrest on his Twitter page:

Cenk Uygur: Avenatti Should Sue TMZ; Harvey Levin is a ‘Clear, Biased, Trump-Supporting Clown’


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Cenk Uygur shared remarkably pointed words about TMZ’s Harvey Levin Thursday when he described him as a “clear, biased, Trump-supporting clown.” What raised Uygur’s ire? TMZ’s misreporting of  Michael Avenatti’s arrest over domestic violence charges. Since breaking Wednesday the story has only become more unclear. Avenatti has vigorously denied the charges and has suggested that he is the victim of a conspiracy led by Jacob Wohl, who’s company Surefire Intelligence tweeted “Surefire Intelligence strikes again.” The original story, however, was mistakenly reported by TMZ that Avenatti had committed domestic violence against his estranged wife. That was proven untrue when Lisa Storie-Avenatti released a statement to defend Avenatti. “It’s unclear what’s really going on,” Ana Kasparian said as she discussed the known details of the story, “the original story was reported by TMZ. Harvey Levin who runs TMZ is a huge Trump supporter…that’s not to say that there was Continue reading "Cenk Uygur: Avenatti Should Sue TMZ; Harvey Levin is a ‘Clear, Biased, Trump-Supporting Clown’"

Avenatti Reportedly Has Not Ruled Out 2020 Presidential Run Despite Domestic Violence Arrest


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Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti told USA Today on Thursday that despite his arrest for domestic violence he is still considering a 2020 presidential run. “I’m still considering it,” Avenatti said in a text message to USA Today. He also said that he will not be intimidated. “The measure of a person is how they get up when they are knocked down,” Avenatti said. On Wednesday, Avenatti was arrested for domestic violence and released on bail. He strongly denies any wrongdoing. Speaking to reporters after his release, Avenatti said this claiming he was actually an advocate of women and insisting he has never struck a woman:
“I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I Continue reading "Avenatti Reportedly Has Not Ruled Out 2020 Presidential Run Despite Domestic Violence Arrest"

Hannity: Avenatti Didn’t Give ‘a Rip’ About Ruining Kavanaugh’s Life, Now It’s Come ‘Full Circle’ for Him


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For the second night in a row, Fox News’ Sean Hannity defended Stormy Daniel lawyer Michael Avenatti’s right to due process after his arrest for alleged domestic violence but then slammed him for his role in the Kavanaugh accusations. Last night, Hannity said that Avenatti deserved due process but then brought up Avenatti’s part in making claims against Kavanaugh. Then tonight, Hannity noted that things had come “full circle” for the Kavanaugh accuser who he said tried to destroy the judge’s life. “Remember it was he that pushed a phony claim from a client named Julie Swetnick,” Hannity said. “Remember they came out with that affidavit.” He added: “No evidence was ever presented. Swetnick later backtracked during an interview with NBC…It is clear that Avenatti, he wanted to derail Judge Kavanaugh’s life over these absurd claims. He should have gotten the full story and how does his own Continue reading "Hannity: Avenatti Didn’t Give ‘a Rip’ About Ruining Kavanaugh’s Life, Now It’s Come ‘Full Circle’ for Him"