JUST IN: Michael Avenatti Found Guilty in Nike Extortion Trial

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

Disgraced New York attorney Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all counts of extortion in his legal trial against Nike.

Avenatti made a name for himself in the public eye after representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her suit against President Trump.

Avenatti's sentencing was scheduled for June 17.

He had threatened to release information that might be harmful to the popular sports brand.

He could face up to 42 years in prison. He sought $1.5 million for Franklin, as well.

He acknowledged having hired Avenatti after seeing him rise to prominence while representing Daniels.

An amended indictment filed in mid-November removed two conspiracy counts but added the charge for honest services wire fraud, accusing Avenatti of lying to one of his clients as part of the extortion attempt.

But a steep fall from power-broker status was swift when Avenatti was arrested as he was about to meet Nike lawyers last March to press his demands for millions of dollars to conduct an internal probe of the Beaverton, Oregon-based shoemaker.

Avenatti did not testify in the Nike case, after his judge said prosecutors could question him about his dealings with other clients, without mentioning the criminal charges.

The defendant has been jailed in Manhattan since Jan 17, after California prosecutors said he violated bail conditions.

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