Michael Avenatti found guilty in multimillion-dollar Nike extortion scheme

by Daniel Payne · Feb 14th, 2020 2:45 pm

Michael Avenatti, the firebrand lawyer of porn star Stormy Daniels who is known for his antagonism of President Trump and his promotion of conspiracy theories to try to discredit Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation, has been convicted on all charges that he attempted to extort $25 million from athletic apparel company Nike.

Avenatti had demanded cash from Nike by threatening to publicly claim that the corporation made improper payments to the families of several high school basketball athletes. He was arrested the day before a planned press conference at which he vowed to reveal "a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by Nike."

Avenatti has previously represented pornographic performer Story Daniels in her litigation against President Donald Trump. In 2018 he also acted as counsel to Julie Swetnick, a woman who claimed that Justice Kavanaugh in high school had participated in a drugging-and-gang-raping scheme at various local parties. No evidence has ever arisen to substantiate that claim.

The disgraced lawyer had briefly considered running for president in 2020.


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