Latest Michael Avenatti News

Avenatti asks judge to nix Nike jury verdict or OK new trial

Mar. 24, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The once high-flying California attorney Michael Avenatti wants a judge to reject a jury verdict that found he tried to extort Nike. Lawyers for Avenatti asked a Manhattan judge late Monday to overturn the verdict or grant a new trial for the 49-year-old man who rose to fame representing...

This combination of 2019 and 2002 file photos shows Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, outside his apartment building in New York and drug kingpin Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela leaving the Combita maximum security prison in Tunja, Colombia before extradition to the United States in 2004. Amid the COVID-19 coronavirus threat, they are among the prisoners making pleas for compassionate release or home detention. (AP Photo/Jonathan Carroll, Javier Galeano)

Get out of jail? Inmates fearful of virus argue for release

Mar. 18, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus has become a “get out of jail" card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the country, and even hard-timers are seeking their freedom with the argument that it's not a matter of if but when the deadly illness sweeps through tightly packed populations behind bars. ...

In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court in New York to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike. Avenatti, who awaits a June 2020 sentencing after he was convicted of trying to extort $25 million from the sportswear giant, asked Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to be released temporarily from a federal jail. He cited a recent bout with pneumonia, a sick cellmate and filthy jail conditions as reasons he is at high risk of getting the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Avenatti cites coronavirus threat in seeking jail release

Mar. 18, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti asked Wednesday to be released temporarily from a federal jail, citing a recent bout with pneumonia, a sick cellmate and filthy jail conditions as reasons he is at high risk of getting the coronavirus. In a written submission to a California judge, attorney H. Dean Steward...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington. Barr vowed in an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, March 17, that there would be swift and severe action if a foreign government is behind disinformation campaigns aimed at spreading fear in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic or a denial of service attack on the networks of the Department of Health and Human Services.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP Exclusive: Barr creating task force on prison misconduct

Mar. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is creating a special task force to address criminal misconduct by federal Bureau of Prison officers at several correctional facilities after a loaded gun was found at the same jail where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, Attorney General William...

Avenatti lawyer cites coronavirus to delay jail meeting

Mar. 11, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti's attorney cited the coronavirus threat Wednesday and an upcoming trial as he asked a judge to delay a court-required jailhouse meeting, saying his bearded client lives in a rat-infested cell at an unsanitary facility that reeks of urine. Attorney Scott Srebnick told U.S....

FILE- This March 12, 2009 photo shows the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.  The federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life is on lockdown as authorities try to determine whether someone smuggled a gun inside one of the most secure federal jails in the country. That's according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke Friday to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

AP Exclusive: Gun found inside Epstein jail during lockdown

Mar. 5, 2020 7:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators found a loaded gun Thursday that had been smuggled into the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself last summer, following a weeklong lockdown that turned up other contraband and led to a criminal probe into guard misconduct, the federal Bureau of Prisons told The...

FILE- This March 12, 2009 photo shows the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.  The federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life is on lockdown as authorities try to determine whether someone smuggled a gun inside one of the most secure federal jails in the country. That's according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke Friday to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

AP sources: Feds search for possible gun at Epstein jail

Feb. 28, 2020 11:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal jail in New York City where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life is on lockdown as authorities try to determine whether someone smuggled a gun inside one of the most secure federal jails in the country, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York, after pleading not guilty to charges that he defrauded his most famous client, porn star Stormy Daniels. Avenatti's attorney announced on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that Daniels' credibility will be the central issue when his client goes on trial in April 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Avenatti lawyer to put Stormy Daniels' credibility on trial

Feb. 25, 2020 5:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The credibility of porn star Stormy Daniels will be the central issue when Michael Avenatti goes on trial in April on charges that he cheated her of $300,000 from a book deal, his attorney said Tuesday. Lawyer Tom Warren spoke outside court after his client, his feet and hands shackled,...

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...

Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star in lawsuits against Trump, convicted of trying to extort Nike

Feb. 14, 2020 2:17 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who represented porn star in lawsuits against Trump, convicted of trying to extort Nike.