Michael Avenati, a former movie star lawyer Stormy Daniels, was charged Monday by federal prosecutors in New York for operating a "old-fashioned shakedown," trying to blackmail between $ 15 million and $ 25 million from Nike's sportswear giant part of a lawsuit against a celebrity lawyer
Aventi, who briefly examined the nomination for Democrats in Europe by 2020, was also accused of personal fraud and bank fraud in a separate case from California. He was detained and expected to appear in court later Monday in New York.
Prosecutors said Aveneti had attempted to blackmail Nike by threatening to use his ability to attract publicity to cause significant financial damage and damage to the reputation of the company if
he turned to Nike last week with a list of financial requirements in exchange for allegations of abuse by the company, "said FBI Deputy William Sweeney Jr.. in a statement. "The high price involved paying $ 1
against Aveny in the case of New York are extortion, interstate communications with intent to blackmail, a plot to transmit interstate communications with intent to blackmail and plot to commit extortion. He is facing imprisonment for up to 47 years if convicted of all charges.
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tactics and threats in their efforts to get millions of dollars for themselves. He claims that if Nike does not meet his demands, "the company may die."
"Our system of justice requires and relies on attorneys, members of the Bar to not only follow the law, but maintains its best principles. But when lawyers use their legitimate licenses as weapons as a cover for extortion of payments for they act as criminals and will be held responsible for their conduct. "
According to the New York Appeal against him, Aveny and an unidentified accomplice met with lawyers for Nike on March 19 and" threatened to release damage and if the company did not agree to make multi-million dollar payments, and an additional $ 1.5 million to a client that Aveneti claims to represent.
He claims to have told lawyers that if his demands are not met, he will "go to take $ 10 billion from your customer's marketing cap … I'm not around."
The appeal said Aveny threatened to hold a press conference on the eve of Nike's quarterly profit and the beginning of the NCAA tournament for allegedly wrongful conduct is to Nike employees. "Nike will not be blackmailed or hidden information that matters to a government inquiry," said a statement released by Fox News. has been operating the government's NCAA basketball investigation for more than a year. When Nike knew about it, Nike immediately reported it to federal prosecutors. When Mr. Aveneti tried to get Nike out of this, Nike, with the help of an external Boies advisor, Schiller Flexner, helped the investigation. Nike firmly believes in ethical and fair play, both in business and in sport, and will continue to assist prosecutors. "
The accomplice was appointed as a lawyer licensed to practice in the state of California, and is "similarly known for representing clients of celebrities and public figures." Meanwhile, the alleged client has been identified as a men's basketball program for amateur sports alliances based in California.
Earlier Monday, Aventi has heard that a press conference will be held on Tuesday to "uncover a big scandal in high school / college basketball by @Nike we've found. This criminal behavior reaches the highest levels of Nike and includes some of the biggest names in college basketball.
Meanwhile, at a separate press conference in California, federal investigators announced further criminal charges against the lawyer for a separate issue. If Aveneti is charged with assigning cash to settle a client to pay his own expenses and debts – as well as his coffee and business company.
US Attorney Nick Hanna said Aveneti was charged with wire fraud and tax fraud Two-year IRS tax investigation claiming that he had received $ 4.1 million in loans for his law firm and coffee business from a bank Mississippi, using fake tax returns, saying he made $ 4,562,881 in 2011, and in 2012 $ 5,423,099 and $ 4,882,803 in 2013 also said he had paid over $ 1 million in tax taxes of the IRS in 2012 and 2013 when, according to prosecutors, he actually owes the IRS $ 850,438 plus In addition, the authorities argue that Avenatti has paid income tax for 2011, 2012 and 2013 and has not paid any taxes in 2012 and 2013
"[Avenatti] is a corrupt lawyer, instead is fighting for his own selfish interest "Hannah said, adding that the allegations against the lawyer" paint an ugly picture of lawlessness and greed. "
Aveneti became known as a lawyer for Daniels, the adult actress who claimed she had an affair with President Trump in 2006. , while his wife Melanie was pregnant with the couple's son, Barron. In the past year, Daniels and Aveny were named hosts in their fight against Trump, the prevailing monthly television news and annoying the president in interviews.
Daniels published a statement on Monday that she was not "shocked" by the charges against Aveny.
"Knowing what I know now about Michael Avenyti, I am sad, but I am not shocked by the news that today he was accused of criminal responsibility," Daniels said. "More than a month ago, I made the decision to end Michael's services after I realized that he was extremely dishonest with me and there would be more announcements."
Charles Harder, who represented President Trump in the Daniels case, said Fox News Avenatti's detention was marked as a "Great Day for the American Judicial System."
Before Avenatti began to represent Daniels in February 2018, he was almost unknown outside of the California legal community. Within a few months, however, he became known as a lawyer who does not have rights, a media style – and a tendency to bewildered – similar to Trump's. Click here to get NEW FOX On Monday, Berman categorically denied that politics played a role in the case, noting that the investigators "received the call six days ago from the victim, saying that three are extorting threats against
Aventiti briefly speculated as the Democrats president in 2020 – even visiting Iowa at one point – but eventually denied it. The children were separated from them at the American border as a result of the immigration administration policy of Trump. Recently he was women who said they had been sexually abused by R Kelly's R & B star
In the case of California, Avenyti was facing up to 50 years in prison, while in New York York accusations have a potential punishment of 47 years in prison, and Hannah says they agree with New York prosecutors to execute both arrest warrants at the same time but stressed that these are two separate cases that happened together. Lars Ross and Martha Dahns and Associated Press have contributed to this report.