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FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Warden: Michael Avenatti kept in his own cell for his safety

Jan. 21, 2020 2:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the jet-setting lawyer who once represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, is being housed in isolation at a federal lockup facility for his own safety, the jail warden said Tuesday. Avenatti is currently being held in the most secure...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Judge revokes bail for Avenatti, cites new crime evidence

Jan. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge revoked attorney Michael Avenatti's bail Wednesday, forcing a delay of his New York extortion trial set for next week after prosecutors said he was hiding assets from creditors to live lavishly. U.S. District Judge James Selna said Avenatti, best known as the...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Prosecutor: Avenatti arrested on alleged bail violation

Jan. 15, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the embattled former attorney for the porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Tuesday evening in California for alleged bail violations, according to a court filing by federal prosecutors. The arrest came as Avenatti was appearing before the State Bar Court in Los...

Judge denies Michael Avenatti's request to toss out charges

Jan. 6, 2020 6:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With a trial approaching, a judge denied a request Monday from attorney Michael Avenatti to toss out charges alleging he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to muddy its name. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe said in a written ruling that the indictment adequately...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti wants to portray Nike as a villain and himself a hero at his extortion trial later this month, the company said in a court filing made public Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to the charges and said he is being prosecuted unfairly by a U.S. Justice Department beholden to a president he has criticized on social media and in numerous television appearances. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Nike: Avenatti wants to make it a villain at extortion trial

Jan. 2, 2020 6:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti wants to portray Nike as a villain and himself a hero at his extortion trial later this month, the company said in a court filing made public Thursday. The sportswear maker said in court papers that Avenatti's attorneys want five Nike sports marketing...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York. Prosecutors say Avenatti was over $15 million in debt when he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike, while Avenatti's lawyers say the money he legally requested to conduct an internal probe of the sportswear giant was a bargain. Both sides made the assertions in court papers filed late Tuesday, Dec. 24, in advance of a Jan. 22 criminal trial in Manhattan, giving U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe time to decide what the jury will be allowed to hear and see. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Prosecutors: Deeply-in-debt Michael Avenatti sought payday

Dec. 25, 2019 8:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say California attorney Michael Avenatti was over $15 million in debt when he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike, while Avenatti's lawyers say the money he legally requested to conduct an internal probe of the sportswear giant was a bargain. Both sides made the...

Michael Avenatti: Fellow lawyer at the 'heart' of defense

Dec. 24, 2019 6:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti maintained in a court submission Tuesday that prosecutors are trying to block a fellow high-profile lawyer from being presented as an important part of Avenatti's defense against charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. Avenatti's...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. The California Bar is holding a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, to determine whether attorney Michael Avenatti should be banned from practicing law while fighting criminal charges that include allegations of embezzling from clients. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

California bar: Avenatti stole from client using ‘deceit’

Dec. 18, 2019 9:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti should be prevented from practicing law for pocketing a client's settlement and covering his tracks through “deceit, dishonesty and lies,” a lawyer for the California State Bar said Wednesday. Attorney Eli Morgenstern said Avenatti poses a threat...

California attorney Michael Avenatti pleads not guilty in NY

Dec. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti remains on track for his first criminal trial next month after entering a not guilty plea Tuesday to the latest charges stemming from his negotiations with the sportswear giant Nike. Avenatti is accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from the...

Cohen wants sentence trimmed for cooperating against Trump

Dec. 11, 2019 6:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen wants his three-year prison sentence reduced as a reward for providing authorities information about alleged misdeeds by President Donald Trump, according to court papers filed Wednesday in which he said his incarceration is “a powerful and humbling punishment.”...