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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Manhattan US Attorney's office said Monday that it is charging attorney Michael Avenatti "for attempting to extract more than $20 million in payments from a publicly traded company 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."

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Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced the arrest today of MICHAEL AVENATTI on federal extortion and interstate threat charges. As alleged, AVENATTI, an attorney, attempted to extract more than $20 million in payments from a publicly traded company 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. AVENATTI was simultaneously arrested on separate charges brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. AVENATTI will be presented today in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker.

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Michael Avenatti's charges in New York stem from a threat he made to Nike. According to the criminal complaint, Avenatti said he had evidence that one or more employees of the company "had authorized and funded payments to the families of top high school basketball players and/or their families and attempted to conceal the payments."

According to the complaint, Avenatti demanded that Nike pay his client $1.5 million because Nike was not renewing his client's contract and that Nike hired Avenatti to conduct an internal investigation. Avenatti's client is not named in the complaint.

"I'm not ---- around with this," Avenatti said, according to the complaint. "And I'm not continuing to play games. You guys know enough now to know you've got a serious problem and it's worth more in exposure to me to just blow the lid on this thing."

Notably, earlier on Monday, Avenatti tweeted that he would be holding a press conference Tuesday announcing a Nike scandal that he had uncovered.

Shortly after, these charges were announced. Avenatti is also facing separate charges from federal prosecutors in California.

#1 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-25 01:40 PM | Reply

The former Resistance leader has seen better days.

A study by the publication found that Avenatti, a ubiquitous presence on cable television for the last two months, has appeared on CNN 65 times and MSNBC 43 times between March 7 and May 10.

The 47-year-old attorney has also appeared on broadcast network programs, including NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" and "Today," ABC's "The View" and "Good Morning America," HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" and CBS's "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "60 Minutes."

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-25 01:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Join the fight!

www.thefightpac.org

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-25 01:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Shocker, given how untrustworthy and lowbrow he has been with his former clients, partners, girlfriends and anonymous sources that he has presented to the Senate during confirmation hearings.

And to think that some people here on the DR loved him so much they wanted him to run for POTUS...

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How long until Democrats invite him to testify in Congress?

#5 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-25 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How long until Democrats invite him to testify in Congress?

Depending on how things unfold, probably not sooner than January 2021, if not later.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 01:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#3

I guarantee you whomever holds the copyright on "Fight Club" will be sending Avenaughty a letter soon.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 01:56 PM | Reply

And to think that some people here on the DR loved him so much they wanted him to run for POTUS...

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019

And other thought he acted too much like Donald Trump.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2019-03-25 01:59 PM | Reply

I wonder if the federal DOJ will take actions on the whole Julie Swetnick thing...

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-25 01:59 PM | Reply

Zed has an amazing ability to take any thread topic in tie it back to Trump.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-25 02:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#8

Go ahead and find a link to any comment from October 6, 2018 back to when Avenaughty burst on the scene to back that up.

I would wait, but you won't find any.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 02:12 PM | Reply

This is how the SJW industrial complex funds its mission. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton could not be reached for comment.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-03-25 02:41 PM | Reply

Zed has an amazing ability to take any thread topic in tie it back to Trump.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at

I'm noteworthy as a polymath.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2019-03-25 03:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

FF!

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-25 03:04 PM | Reply

CNN ought to protest CNN for its shameful promotion of this sleazeball, who they hoped could bring down Trump and Kavanaugh.

#15 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-25 03:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump is going to pull a muscle gloating over this.

#16 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-03-25 03:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

*Mueller concludes no collusion, deflating CNN's beloved theory
*Frequent CNN guest Michael Avenatti, is hit with serious charges
*Avenatti's alleged co-conspirator is CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos

Folks, we've gotta shut CNN down until we figure out what the hell is goin on

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#17 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-25 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

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#BREAKING: Celebrity Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos is the co-conspirator listed in the Nike extortion case allegedly perpetrated by fellow L.A. attorney Michael Avenatti, according to a report. Geragos has not yet been charged in the case.
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#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 05:02 PM | Reply

Is alleged co-conspirator as bad as unindicted co-conspirator?

#19 | Posted by bored at 2019-03-25 05:15 PM | Reply

#19

Pretty much equivalent, if he isn't charged then it will be the same thing.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 05:19 PM | Reply

I remember the days when Avenatti was front page Retort news and when Bruce didn't know how to spell his name.

#21 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-25 05:40 PM | Reply

Ouch, speaking of CNN, this is something they just posted:

The FBI monitored and recorded Avenatti's threats against Nike

The Southern District of New York tweeted a timeline of the Avenatti case on Monday afternoon, outlining the events from March 19 to 21.

According to the timeline, Avenatti made the initial threats to Nike on March 19. Shortly afterward, Nike informed federal prosecutors in New York of the threats.

After that, interactions between Avenatti and Nike were recorded and monitored by the FBI, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.

"By engaging in the conduct alleged in the complaint, Avenatti was not acting as an attorney. A suit and tie doesn't mask the fact that at its core, this was an old-fashioned shakedown," Berman said.

California and New York coordinated Avenatti's arrest, but the cases are separate

US Attorney Nick Hanna said that while the California case against attorney Michael Avenatti is "completely separate" from the New York case, officials coordinated his arrest today.

"We coordinated the arrest for operational reasons," he said. "These were two separate investigations, but we coordinated the arrest."
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged Avenatti for attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike. Meanwhile, prosecutors in California charged him for wire and bank fraud.

Avenatti faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of both charges in California case

If convicted on both charges of wire fraud and bank fraud in California, attorney Michael Avenatti will face a statutory maximum sentence of 50 years in federal prison, said US attorney Nick Hanna at a press conference Monday afternoon.

#22 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 05:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I remember the days when Ablock was saying Avenatti should run for President and Boydirk was calling him a "patriot."

Good times...

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 05:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

*popping open a beer*

This one's for you, Justice Kavanaugh. Cheers!

#24 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-25 06:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Karma's a bitch, bro.

-Bart O'Kavanaugh and Squee

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 06:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wait until Avenatti gets to prison.
There will be some boofing going on.

#26 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-03-25 06:45 PM | Reply

I love that this guy was treated as a hero of the left.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-25 06:48 PM | Reply

He was their white chocolate jesus.

Danni cut her mullet off and had Avenetti's image shave onto her dome.

#28 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-03-25 06:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 5

All I know is that this has been a terrible 4 days for the former "heroes" of the Left.

#29 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 07:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Meanwhile, its been a terrible 2 years, 64 days, 46 minutes for America since President Bucket of ---- took office.

#30 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-25 07:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#30 Only for people like you that continue to have your allegations proven fake and false.

#31 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-25 07:36 PM | Reply

#30 | POSTED BY BUTTHURTS AT 2019-03-25 07:33 PM

#32 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 07:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#30 Only for people who don't have the morals of a sewer rat.
#31 | Posted by gracieamazed

FTFY, no charge.

#33 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-25 08:09 PM | Reply

#33 Ouch. That hurt as much as you posted it 100 times last night. Hey look, the Schiff is about to hit the fan!

#34 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-25 08:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Truth hurts donut.

#35 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-25 08:33 PM | Reply

Face it, you support a corrupt, ignorant, racist, incompetent bucket of scum. Be proud.

#36 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-25 08:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#36 LOL You smell desperate. Living in your Mother's basement with all the sewer rats you call friends is taking its toll on you. I pity you, bless your heart. I'd call you a f--king idiot without the -- excet I'm not special like that Teflon.

#37 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-25 08:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Not desperate, sad for my country. But remember Gracie, President Bucket of ---- will never grab you by the -----. You're only a 2. You need to be an 8 at least.

Has President Bucket of ---- mocked any disabled people today?

#38 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-25 08:50 PM | Reply

In this case, Jussie Smollet's lawyer has been indicted as a co-conspirator.

#39 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-03-25 09:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#38 LOL. You supported losing candidate's. You supported FAKE news. You supported false allegations. Know what that makes you? Someone that can never # WINNER. Night, night LOSER.

#40 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-03-25 09:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Winning is more important to you than doing the right thing.

Says a lot about your character.

#41 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-25 09:09 PM | Reply

Truthurts supports women.

#42 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-03-25 09:16 PM | Reply

I'm still pissed I have to pay your mama child support!

#43 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-03-25 09:17 PM | Reply

#43

Did you just throw out a "yo mama" joke?

How ------- old are you?

#44 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-25 09:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

-Meanwhile, its been a terrible 2 years, 64 days, 46 minutes for America since President Bucket of ---- took office.

Is your life really that bad? I didn't vote for the guy either and I probably agree with 99% of the criticism of him here.

But it's not been a terrible 2 years, 64 days.......

#45 | Posted by eberly at 2019-03-25 09:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I love that this guy was treated as a hero of the left.
#27 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2019-03-25 06:48 PM"

Meanwhile, just like that, NIKE becomes a darling of the alt-Right again.

#46 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-03-26 02:13 AM | Reply

Michael Avenatti Got Arrested

#47 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-03-26 06:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Let the round up of the enemies begin.

#48 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2019-03-26 07:30 AM | Reply

Meanwhile, just like that, NIKE becomes a darling of the alt-Right again.
#46 | POSTED BY TRUEBLUE

And the FBI.

#49 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-03-26 07:49 AM | Reply

Meanwhile, just like that, NIKE becomes a darling of the alt-Right again.
#46 | POSTED BY TRUEBLUE

Straw man alert!

I can't believe how butt-hurt Troofy is.

Troofy is in the anger stage of grief. Zed is still in the denial phase.

#50 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-26 09:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter

So what..if he FU'd that's on him. tRump was the one getting his ass paddled by Stormy. he helped to drop the hammer on cohen..and you know that got the trump cartel charity foundation scam to get shut down.
so yeah, good luck michael.

#51 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-03-26 09:15 AM | Reply

Meanwhile, just like that, NIKE becomes a darling of the alt-Right again.

#46 | POSTED BY TRUEBLUE

Nice try, sweetie. The right still believes he's an sleazy, ambulance-chasing media whore. They're just gleefully pointing out that the Left is just now figuring that out and coming to terms with the implications.

#52 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-03-26 09:27 AM | Reply

Speaking frankly - he's a lawyer and a pretty good one based on accounts. Their all sleazeballs in my experience. You just want the best sleazeball on your team when you need one. i.e. Vs Judge Keganaugh and the entire Right.

Well this sleazeball apparently went too far - buuuuut then again it is tRumps justice department right? (fodder for some of you to gobble up...)

I personally never thought particularly highly of him and speaking honestly - if he is guilty then throw the book at him because he should have known better.

#53 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-03-26 09:39 AM | Reply

Troofy is in the anger stage of grief. Zed is still in the denial phase.

#50 | Posted by JeffJ

The entire Democrat party is stuck in Bargaining.

#54 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2019-03-26 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't believe anyone who thought that Nike was wrong for supporting National Anthem protests became a fan of it again because of this. This is more of "eat their own" "circular firing squad" amusing.

#55 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2019-03-26 01:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is more of "eat their own" "circular firing squad" amusing.

#55 | POSTED BY NUKE_GENTLY

Yeah but not all that funny anymore.

Quite a----------- the Deplorables got going here.

Looks like you found yourselves a witch to burn!!

This proves it! Whatever the hateful thing it is that you are trying to "prove" today.

#56 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-03-26 07:21 PM | Reply

#56

Looks like DBoy has moved firmly into Anger.

#57 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-26 07:34 PM | Reply

"Meanwhile, just like that, NIKE becomes a darling of the alt-Right again.
#46 | POSTED BY TRUEBLUE

Nice try, sweetie. The right still believes he's an sleazy, ambulance-chasing media whore. They're just gleefully pointing out that the Left is just now figuring that out and coming to terms with the implications.
#52 | POSTED BY MUSTANG AT 2019-03-26 09:27 AM"

NIKE is a company, not a "he", that the alt-Right had recently attacked with calls for a boycott of their products (presumably so NIKE would suffer financially). Much to the alt-Right's consternation, the opposite happened as NIKE sales subsequently soared. To be consistent, the alt-Right would have (at a minimum) ignored anyone extorting NIKE and (more likely) would have cheered any efforts by ANYONE to extort NIKE.

RIF, sweetie...

#58 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-03-27 06:44 AM | Reply

"Meanwhile, just like that, NIKE becomes a darling of the alt-Right again.
#46 | POSTED BY TRUEBLUE
Straw man alert!
I can't believe how butt-hurt Troofy is.
Troofy is in the anger stage of grief. Zed is still in the denial phase.
#50 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2019-03-26 09:06 AM"

I'm not Troofy.

I did point out the inconsistency of the alt-Right in their new-found concern for NIKE after calling for a boycott of NIKE products.
Since this is part of, and applicable to the topic of this thread, it's not a Strawman.

See #58 above.

RIF

#59 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-03-27 06:50 AM | Reply

I lost my license, now I don't drive...

#60 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-27 02:29 PM | Reply

Mueller has released his report but his grand Jury is still convened.

MAGA -- Mueller Ain't Going Away

thehill.com

#61 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-03-27 02:51 PM | Reply

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