Michael Avenatti, the California attorney who rose to fame while representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday on charges of trying to extort $25 million from the Nike shoe company.
Avenatti was arrested last year on charges that alleged he tried to bribe Nike into paying him $25 million while threatening to expose the shoe company for allegedly making illicit payments to top high school basketball players, according to CNN.
Avenatti was representing California high school basketball coach Gary Franklin at the time and prosecutors say the celebrity lawyer was $11 million in debt at the time.
“While the defendant may have tried to hide behind legal terms and a suit and tie, the jury clearly saw the defendant’s scheme for what it was — an old fashioned shakedown,” the U.S. Southern District of New York tweeted out Friday afternoon, confirming that Avenatti was found guilty in the extortion case.
Scott Srebnick, the attorney who represented Avenatti in the case, could not be immediately reached for comment.
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