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USA: Stormy Daniels lawyer charged with attempted extortion of Nike01:30

USA: Stormy Daniels lawyer charged with attempted extortion of Nike

United States, New York
March 26, 2019 at 05:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Michael Avenatti said he was "highly confident" that he will be "fully exonerated", when speaking to the press outside a federal court in New York on Monday evening.

The lawyer, best known for representing pornographic film star Stormy Daniels in her unsuccessfully lawsuit against US President Donald Trump, was released from jail on a $300,000 bail.

"For the entirety of my career I have fought against the powerful. Powerful people and powerful corporations," said Avenatti.

"I will never stop fighting that good fight. I am highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done", he added.

Avenatti was arrested on Monday afternoon and faces charges of attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike. He is accused of threatening to release claims of misconduct by employees, ahead of the company's quarterly earnings call and ahead of the start of the NCAA tournament.

The celebrity lawyer was also charged with bank and wire fraud in a separate federal case in California.

USA: Stormy Daniels lawyer charged with attempted extortion of Nike01:30
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Michael Avenatti said he was "highly confident" that he will be "fully exonerated", when speaking to the press outside a federal court in New York on Monday evening.

The lawyer, best known for representing pornographic film star Stormy Daniels in her unsuccessfully lawsuit against US President Donald Trump, was released from jail on a $300,000 bail.

"For the entirety of my career I have fought against the powerful. Powerful people and powerful corporations," said Avenatti.

"I will never stop fighting that good fight. I am highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done", he added.

Avenatti was arrested on Monday afternoon and faces charges of attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike. He is accused of threatening to release claims of misconduct by employees, ahead of the company's quarterly earnings call and ahead of the start of the NCAA tournament.

The celebrity lawyer was also charged with bank and wire fraud in a separate federal case in California.