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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, has been convicted Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, of trying to extort the apparel company Nike. The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Michael Avenatti is convicted of trying to extort Nike

Feb. 14, 2020 9:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-week trial...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. A Los Angeles amateur basketball league's founder told jurors Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, that Avenatti betrayed him when the lawyer threatened to make his complaints against Nike public. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Tapes of Avenatti threats highlight extortion trial closings

Feb. 11, 2020 5:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti's attorney borrowed Nike's iconic advertising slogan in a closing argument Tuesday at an extortion trial, saying Avenatti followed a client's wishes to be in attack mode when he went into a meeting with the apparel giant's lawyers intent to “Just Do It" for his...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court in New York. A California businessman who enlisted Avenatti to help his friend deal with two corrupt Nike executives testified Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, that he reacted with shock and horror when he learned the attorney was threatening to go public with his information. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Avenatti decides not to testify at his Nike extortion trial

Feb. 10, 2020 1:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday he will not testify at his New York extortion trial after a judge ruled that allegations of lies and deceit involving past clients were "highly relevant" and he could be questioned about them if he took the stand. Avenatti stood as he...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. A Los Angeles amateur basketball league's founder told jurors Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, that Avenatti betrayed him when the lawyer threatened to make his complaints against Nike public. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Avenatti seeks to limit questioning in Nike extortion trial

Feb. 8, 2020 3:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys asked a federal judge Saturday to prevent prosecutors from quizzing Michael Avenatti about other criminal charges he faces should he decide to testify about allegations he tried to extort Nike for millions of dollars. The celebrity lawyer could take the witness stand as...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. A Los Angeles amateur basketball league's founder told jurors Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, that Avenatti betrayed him when the lawyer threatened to make his complaints against Nike public. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Michael Avenatti considering testifying at extortion trial

Feb. 7, 2020 6:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California lawyer Michael Avenatti may decide to testify at his New York trial on charges that he tried to extort Nike for millions of dollars, his lawyer said Friday. Attorney Scott Srebnick said he'll file arguments Saturday asking a judge to exclude any questions about allegations that...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. A Los Angeles amateur basketball league's founder told jurors Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, that Avenatti betrayed him when the lawyer threatened to make his complaints against Nike public. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Amateur basketball league founder says Avenatti betrayed him

Feb. 6, 2020 7:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Los Angeles amateur basketball league's founder told jurors Thursday that Michael Avenatti betrayed him when the lawyer threatened to make his complaints against Nike public. Avenatti is standing trial in New York on charges that he tried to extort millions of dollars from the sportswear...

First openly gay federal judge dies in New York

Feb. 3, 2020 6:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Deborah A. Batts, the nation's first openly gay federal judge, has died. She was 72. Batts was found dead on Monday, three months before she was set to preside over a trial of California lawyer Michael Avenatti on charges that he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels, a former client, of...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court in New York. A California businessman who enlisted Avenatti to help his friend deal with two corrupt Nike executives testified Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, that he reacted with shock and horror when he learned the attorney was threatening to go public with his information. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Witness testifies Avenatti had no authority for Nike demands

Feb. 3, 2020 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A California businessman who enlisted Michael Avenatti to help his friend deal with two corrupt Nike executives testified Monday that he reacted with shock and horror when he learned the attorney was threatening to go public with his information. Jeffrey Auerbach, an entertainment industry...

This courtroom sketch shows Scott R. Wilson, former Boies Schiller attorney whose client is Nike, testifying during trial for Michael Avenatti in New York, Wednesday Jan. 29, 2020. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

Avenatti trial on slow track as first witness testifies

Jan. 31, 2020 6:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The trial of California attorney Michael Avenatti on charges that he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike is on the slow track. The first witness — Nike lawyer Scott Wilson — will return to the witness stand for a fourth day on Monday. U.S. District Judge Paul G....

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike, in New York. A lawyer for Nike testified Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, that he felt like a stickup victim when well-known attorney Avenatti demanded up to $25 million to stop him from igniting a media scandal by publicizing claims that Nike employees paid the families of elite high school basketball players. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Nike lawyer: Avenatti threatened Nike with 'media scandal'

Jan. 30, 2020 5:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Nike testified Thursday that he felt like a stickup victim when well-known attorney Michael Avenatti demanded up to $25 million to stop him from igniting a media scandal by publicizing claims that Nike employees paid the families of elite high school basketball players. The...