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Duke probe finds no evidence Nike paid Zion Williamson

Sep. 7, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University says an investigation has found no evidence that former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits. School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a "thorough and objective" probe led by investigators outside the athletic department...

Avenatti seeks trial delay amid effort to prove Nike claims

Aug. 22, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti hopes to show that charging Nike $25 million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion, his lawyer told a judge Thursday. Avenatti was seated and quiet as attorney Scott Srebnick asked that a trial for his outspoken...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...

Prosecutor: More people could be charged in R. Kelly case

Jul. 25, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More charges and more defendants could be added to the federal case against R. Kelly in Chicago that currently alleges child pornography and other crimes by the R&B singer and two associates, a prosecutor told a judge Thursday. Prosecutor Angel Krull said a more far-ranging indictment...

Avenatti: Trump aims Justice Department at political enemies

Jul. 23, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti told reporters President Donald Trump is the real criminal after the California attorney appeared at a New York hearing on criminal charges he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels of book proceeds. Avenatti called Trump a "third-rate mobster" who has unleashed the U.S. Justice...