Michael Avenatti Guilty on All Counts in Nike Extortion Case

Embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted of extorting Nike, and of defrauding his client in a bid to reap millions from the shoemaker, in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.

It took jurors less than two days to deliver their guilty verdict against the California litigator, who shot to fame for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in a civil case against President Trump. Avenatti’s conviction marks a rapid fall from grace, and he still faces two other pending criminal cases in New York and California, in which he’s charged with stealing money from several of his clients—including Daniels, who claims he swiped $300,000 from her book advance. 

Since the fall of 2018, Avenatti’s string of criminal cases and headline-grabbing arrests have sullied his reputation as a liberal hero with the chops to take on Trump.

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