March 25, 2019

Michael Avenatti accused of trying to extort Nike for up to $25M, feds say

Dana Mathewson

Your horse laugh for the day. No, this is NOT from The Onion, nor from the Babylon Bee. It's from Fox News, and last I checked they had not switched to the humor business.

Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, was accused Monday by federal prosecutors in New York of operating "an old-fashioned shakedown" by trying to extort between $15 and $25 million from sports apparel giant Nike, part of a string of bombshell claims against the celebrity lawyer.

Avenatti, who briefly considered a bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also was charged with wire fraud and bank fraud in a separate case out of California. He was taken into custody and expected to appear in court later Monday in New York City.

Prosecutors said Avenatti tried to extort Nike "by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met."

"As alleged, Michael Avenatti approached Nike last week with a list of financial demands in exchange for covering up allegations of misconduct on behalf of the company," FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney Jr. said in a statement. "The lofty price tag included a $1.5 million payoff for Avenatti’s client and upwards of tens of millions of dollars for the legal services of his firm – services Nike never requested. This is nothing more than a straightforward case of extortion"

The counts against Avenattiin the New York case are extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, conspiracy to transmit interstate communications with intent to extort, and conspiracy to commit extortion. He faces up to 47 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Migod, folks, this is Mafia stuff. How, in this day in age, does a guy with the reputed intelligence of Avenatti think he can get away with this kind of thing?

Read the rest here -- it includes a video with Alan Dershowitz commenting: https://www.foxnews.com/us/michael-avenatti-accused-of-trying-to-extort-nike-for-up-to-25m-feds-say

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1 You know, this is part and parcel with the Mueller investigation NOT finding anything on the President. Had Mueller had some damning evidence they would never have gone after Avenatti, who would be the winner. Now the FBI is going to change sides and at least tacitly support Trump and perhaps finally do their jobs.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at March 26, 2019 07:58 AM (0hSH4)

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