Attorney Michael Avenatti arrested by IRS agents for allegedly violating terms of pre-trial release

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 15th, 2020 12:20 pm

Last Updated Jan 15th, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented pornographic film star Stormy Daniel in her lawsuit against President Trump, was apprehended by IRS agents outside the State Bar Court in California on Tuesday evening for allegedly violating the terms of his pre-trial release, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney's Office.

Avenatti was attending his disciplinary hearing before the State Bar Court in Los Angeles on allegations that he swindled Gregory Barela out of $840,000 in settlement money.

During a break in the proceedings, Avenatti was led out of the courthouse by members of the U.S. Attorney's Office and taken into custody around 6 p.m after federal prosecutors in New York informed the court that he had been accused of violating the conditions of his bail.

After the hearing resumed, Avenatti's attorneys told the judge that he would not be returning due to circumstances related to a criminal matter.

The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to go into further detail on how Avenatti was in violation of his pre-trial release, saying that the related documents are under seal.