Michael Avenatti, the brash who was once an anti-Trump media darling, wept during a speech before he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his attempt to extort Nike.
Avenatti was convicted on charges of attempting to extort up to $ 25 million from the sportswear giant.
The attorney had threatened Nike with bad publicity while representing a Los Angeles youth basketball league organizer upset that the company had ended its sponsorship of the league, even warning that it would hold a press conference before its quarterly earnings call. .
“Michael Avenatti used illegal and extortionary threats and betrayed one of his clients for the purpose of trying to obtain millions of dollars for himself,” Manhattan United States Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.
“Avenatti not only tried to weaponize his lawyer’s license and fame to try to extort himself, but he also defrauded his own client.”
– Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) July 8, 2021
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Michael Avenatti cries before being sentenced to prison
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Michael Avenatti rose to fame representing the porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against former President Donald Trump.
His arrogance made him a frequent guest on left-wing media outlets like CNN and MSNBC, and his prominent presence led Avenatti to flirt with his own White House career.
That arrogant attitude was nowhere to be found when he made comments before sentencing.
Michael Avenatti cries in the courtroom during his pre-sentencing speech.
– Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 8, 2021
“Television and Twitter, your honor, mean nothing,” Avenatti told the judge in his speech.
“Everyone wants to ride in a limousine with you, but very few are willing to sit next to you on the bus. Even fewer, Your Honor, are willing to receive your calls from jail. “
He added: “I and only I have destroyed my career, my relationships, my life.”
Our old friend Michael Avenatti is about to be sentenced to prison.
Never forget 👇
– Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 8, 2021
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The media savior against Trump
In addition to portraying a porn star against the former president of the United States, Michael Avenatti delved further into the political world by introducing a third alleged victim, Julie Swetnick, during the eventual confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Swetnick claimed that Kavanaugh was present when the women were drugged and gang-raped at house parties. But he couldn’t understand her story from the start, and the charade quickly fell apart.
For their efforts, Avenatti and his client were referred for a criminal investigation for (allegedly) providing false statements, obstructing Congressional investigations, and conspiracy. He said the claims were unfounded at the time.
– Shaughn_A (@ Shaughn_A2) July 9, 2021
Avenatti was an almost daily guest on the mainstream media, seen as the best hope to topple Donald Trump during his tenure as president.
He was even seen at an “evening” with CNN presenters and collaborators.
Liberal comedian Bill Maher billed him as Trump’s “worst nightmare” and called him a “folk hero” to people who believed he could topple the former president.
CNN’s Brian Stelter praised Avenatti, saying he was taking him “seriously as a contender” for the presidency.
Some in the media even labelled he the “savior of the Republic” and compared him to the Holy Spirit.
Ana Navarro to Avenatti:
“You are like the Holy Spirit. You are all places at all times “pic.twitter.com/FwUPhl0jqo
– Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 8, 2021
Nike offered little or nothing sympathy after Michael Avenatti cried during his sentencing.
“The verdict and sentence speak for themselves,” the company said in a statement.
Daniels, who would later claim the attorney embezzled $ 300,000 from him in 2018, also took a shot in Avenatti.
“He was a man you wanted to trust and believe in, but the more I got to know him I began to witness his lies and dishonesty until I realized that I too became his victim,” Stormy Daniels said in a statement.
“I’m sure he found a reckoning today.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson performed a media montage fawning over Daniels’ attorney, joking, “That was an IQ test and everyone on that tape failed.”
Carlson once trashed Avenatti with his apt description that he was a “creepy pornography lawyer.”
“We called him the creepy porn attorney because he was,” Carlson said.
Since Michael Avenatti is trending today pic.twitter.com/Bwb0Ndb5Ok
– The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 8, 2021
Avenatti still faces an upcoming trial in California on charges that he stole nearly $ 10 million from five clients, and a separate trial there on charges of bankruptcy, bank fraud and tax fraud.
In Manhattan next January, Avenatti will stand another trial for allegedly defrauding Daniels out of the proceeds of a book deal.
Michael Avenatti has been found guilty of all counts in Nike’s racketeering trial.
Good thing he enjoys handcuffs! pic.twitter.com/cCXcxxMkiE
– Ashley St. Clair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) February 15, 2020
Avenatti once joked during an appearance on ‘The View’ that “all my sexual fantasies involve wives.”
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