Michael Avenatti

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Avenatti Enters Plea in Stormy Daniels Case

Says he's facing the fight of his life 'against the ultimate goliath, the Trump administration'

(Newser) - The pugilistic and embattled attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty Tuesday to defrauding his most famous client, porn star Stormy Daniels, and seized the spotlight to toss a barb at President Trump, the AP reports. Avenatti barely spoke during his 10-minute appearance before a federal judge in New York, except... More »

Avenatti Charged With Cheating Stormy Daniels

The attorney is accused of fraud and identity theft

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off, the AP reports. Federal prosecutors in New York City say Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that... More »

Avenatti Is in Much Hotter Water Now

Indictment accuses him of stealing millions from clients, including a mentally ill paraplegic

(Newser) - High-profile attorney Michael Avenatti was already in hot water before this week, accused of trying to extort money from Nike . But on Thursday, his problems became much, much worse. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted him on 36 counts—separate from the Nike investigation in New York—that... More »

Avenatti Comes Out Swinging Against Nike

He says he will reveal 'major scandal'

(Newser) - Attorney Michael Avenatti came out swinging Tuesday against Nike, accusing the shoemaker—without evidence—of "rampant" corruption mere hours after he was released from custody on charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from the company. In a string of posts on Twitter —a medium he... More »

Avenatti's Alleged Co-Conspirator Is a Huge Name in Legal Circles

Mark Geragos has represented Michael Jackson, Jussie Smollett, and more

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti is in hot water legally on accusations that he tried to extort Nike . Turns out, his alleged co-conspirator is a big name, too. CNN was among numerous outlets Monday to name Mark Geragos as the unnamed co-conspirator in the indictment. After doing so, the network fired Geragos... More »

Defiant Avenatti Is Freed on $300K Bond

He's accused of 'old-fashioned shakedown'

(Newser) - A defiant Michael Avenatti was freed on $300,000 bond and promised to keep "fighting that good fight" Monday night after his arrest on charges including extortion and wire fraud . Stormy Daniels' former lawyer, who did not enter a plea during an appearance in federal court in New York,... More »

Michael Avenatti Arrested, Hit With Multiple Charges

Stormy Daniels' former lawyer charged with extortion, fraud

(Newser) - Stormy Daniels' former lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested Monday and charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud, say US prosecutors. The high-profile attorney, who has also represented some of R. Kelly's accusers, faces federal charges in New York and California, the AP reports. The New York charges have... More »

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels Split

Daniels' lawyer became a big name after taking her case

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti, who became famous as the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, said Tuesday that he no longer represents the porn actress who alleged she had an affair with President Donald Trump. In the last year, the duo rose to become household names in their fight against Trump, dominating cable news... More »

Judge Crushes Stormy's Suit on Trump NDA

Adult film star had sought to nullify $130K NDA that kept her from talking about alleged Trump affair

(Newser) - The same judge who dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuits against President Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen has just quashed yet another one of her complaints. Per CNN , US District Judge James Otero ruled that this suit, which the adult film star brought to nullify the $130,000 non-disclosure... More »

Women: We Went to R. Kelly Concert, Ended Up Victims

Latresa Scaff, Rochelle Washington say they were minors when he made sexual advances

(Newser) - Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington said "many people" knew the then-teens were with R. Kelly one night more than two decades ago. The women, who were about 16 and 15, had gone to an R. Kelly/LL Cool J concert in Baltimore in 1995 or 1996, and say that while... More »

Michael Avenatti Says He Has New Video Evidence Against R. Kelly

Lawyer says he has handed over tape showing singer having sex with underage girl

(Newser) - Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday he has given Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl, the AP reports. Avenatti said the video isn't the same evidence used in Kelly's 2008 trial, when he was acquitted on child pornography... More »

Prosecutors, Attorney Clash Over Avenatti Abuse Charge

Charge won't be brought, but it's still not over

(Newser) - Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they have declined to charge attorney Michael Avenatti with misdemeanor domestic violence but will hold hearings on the allegations, the AP reports. Actress Mareli Miniutti got a restraining order against Avenatti in November after accusing him of dragging her by the arm across a... More »

Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $293K

It's less than half what president's attorney had requested

(Newser) - Porn star Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys' fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Tuesday. Trump's attorney, Charles Harder, had requested nearly $390,000 in fees,... More »

Trump Lawyers Ask Court to Hit Stormy Daniels With Fines

They say she should pay $780K for failed defamation suit

(Newser) - Lawyers for President Trump asked a court Monday for nearly $800,000 in lawyers' fees and penalties from porn actress Stormy Daniels for a failed defamation lawsuit against him. Attorney Charles Harder defended ringing up a nearly $390,000 legal bill for the president and asked for an equal amount... More »

Things Just Got Ugly Between Stormy Daniels, Avenatti

Trump accuser makes some serious allegations against her own attorney

(Newser) - Stormy Daniels is again making serious public allegations, but this time they're against her own attorney. In a statement to the Daily Beast , Daniels goes after Michael Avenatti on two main fronts. The biggest beef is about money, specifically the cash raised for Daniels on a crowdfunding site . She... More »

DA Won't Prosecute Avenatti on Felony Charge

'This whole thing is bogus,' lawyer says

(Newser) - The Los Angeles district attorney declined to prosecute attorney Michael Avenatti on felony domestic abuse charges on Wednesday and referred allegations that he roughed up his girlfriend to the city attorney for a possible misdemeanor case. Avenatti, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence last week after his... More »

2 Democratic Longshots Eye 2020 Race

Spirituality guru Marianne Williamson explores a run, and Avenatti is still considering

(Newser) - Oprah says she's not interested in running for president in 2020, but one of her friends definitely is. Marianne Williamson, described by Politico as a "spirituality guru and fixture of Hollywood's New Age community," announced Friday that she's forming an exploratory committee. "We need... More »

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Calls Charge Against Him 'Bogus'

Michael Avenatti arrested on charge of felony domestic violence

(Newser) - Stormy Daniels' lawyer was arrested Wednesday on what he claimed was a "completely bogus" charge of felony domestic violence. Michael Avenatti, a frequent and outspoken critic of President Trump, was released on $50,000 bail, the BBC reports. Los Angeles Police Department Tony Im says the victim in the... More »

Grassley Asks DoJ to Probe Kavanaugh Accuser

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says Julie Swetnick's allegations were not credible

(Newser) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday asked for a criminal investigation into whether Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, conspired to provide false statements to Congress and obstructed a congressional investigation during the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the AP reports. Grassley wrote in... More »

Here's What Kavanaugh's 3rd Accuser Alleges

Julie Swetnick's sworn declaration is released by Michael Avenatti

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti on Wednesday tweeted a copy of a sworn declaration from Julie Swetnick—the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. In it, she describes meeting Kavanaugh and Mark Judge—friends so close they were "joined at the hip"—around 1980 or 1981 at a... More »

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