AVENATTI GUILTY: Attempted to extort up to $25M from Nike

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Published on 14 Feb 2020, 20:03
Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all three charges in connection to accusations he attempted to extort up to $25 million from athleticwear giant Nike, a jury announced Friday. His attorneys said they plan to appeal.

After blessing himself, he was stone-faced and stared straight ahead as the jury read the verdict. His sentencing is scheduled for June 17, and he faces up to 42 years.

Avenatti, who once represented adult film star Stormy Daniels, was initially charged in March with extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to transmit interstate communications with intent to extort.

Both conspiracy counts were later dismissed, but a new charge for honest services wire fraud was added, according to a superseding indictment from November.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 17 at 4 p.m. EST.

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