BREAKING: Michael Avenatti Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Attempted Extortion Of Nike

Michael Avenatti, a former attorney who represented porn star Stormy Daniels during her legal battle with President Trump, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervision for attempting to extort $20 million from Nike Inc.

Before the Sentencing was handed down, Avenatti spoke to the court, allegedly with tears in his eyes, according to AP News. “Your honor, I’ve learned that all the fame, notoriety and money in the world is meaningless. TV and Twitter, your honor, mean nothing,” he said. At the end of his statement, “Every father wants their children to be proud of them. I want mine to be ashamed. Because if they are ashamed, it means their moral compass is exactly where it should be.”

In Los Angeles, Avenatti is also facing federal fraud charges. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Avenatti quickly became a prominent star for leftist media after publicly criticizing Trump but was quickly thrown to the curb after allegations began to become mainstream. Throughout his 15 minutes of fame, he frequently became a regular star on several leftist talk shows, including MSNBC, CNN, and The View.

Avenatti made his official debut into the liberal limelight after his infamous spat with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. He even touted fans as a potential presidential contender against Donald Trump in 2019 because he felt “Democrats don’t have the fighter that can take on Trump,” according to CNBC.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan accused Mr. Avenatti of extortion and conspiracy, stating that he and an unnamed co-conspirator threatened to expose harmful information about Nike unless the business paid them to conduct an “internal investigation” and settle a client’s claim.

His ex-wife, Christine Avenatti-Carlin, along with his attorneys, requested ahead of sentencing for a shortened prison term, alleging his convicted offenses weren’t violent and didn’t cause financial loss. However, his request was denied on Monday, and Judge Paul G. Gardephe ordered the sentencing of Avenatti the following day.

“She had no direct knowledge of, and did not testify concerning Avenatti’s alleged crimes,” Gardephe wrote in a 96-page ruling. “To the extent that Regnier’s testimony suggests that Avenatti’s law firm was in financial distress, there was abundant evidence that Avenatti was in financial distress, including a stipulation that unpaid judgments amounting to $11 million had been entered against Avenatti.”

“Regnier’s testimony–which appears on nine pages of the trial transcript–was so inconsequential that defense counsel chose not to cross-examine her,” Gardephe added.

 

 

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