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Michael Avenatti Is Convicted in Nike Extortion Trial

Michael Avenatti, the brash lawyer best known for representing the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, was convicted on Friday of trying to extort more than $20 million from the apparel giant Nike.

After three days of deliberations in the case, brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, the jury found him guilty on all three counts, including attempted extortion and honest services fraud. Mr. Avenatti is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Mr. Avenatti had been charged last spring with an array of federal crimes in both New York and California, where he lived.

In making their case, federal prosecutors in Manhattan had specifically accused Mr. Avenatti of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike in exchange for his silence relating to evidence he said he had of misconduct by company employees in the recruitment of college basketball players. In a separate case in California, Mr. Avenatti has been accused of tax crimes and financial fraud.

As he rocketed to prominence in 2018 and toyed with declaring a presidential run, Mr. Avenatti maintained a cocksure public image that masked disarray that became evident in a trail of civil disputes, bankruptcy filings and alleged financial crimes going back several years, according to court papers and interviews.

Source: NY times

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