BREAKING: U.S. Attorney Charges Avenatti With Extortion

  • 03/25/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
BREAKING: U.S. Attorney Charges Avenatti With Extortion
By Richard Dole (photographer), Michael Avenatti (copyright holder) ( [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons
The attorney general's office for the Southern District of New York has announced it arrested celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti on four counts of wire and bank fraud for attempting to extort $20 million from sportswear company Nike over an alleged scandal. (

Less than an hour before his arrest, Avenatti tweeted, “Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.” Shortly after Avenatti’s announcement, CNBC reported that Nike’s shares had dropped to a “session” low.

One of Avenatti’s frequent rivals on Twitter, Donald Trump Jr., said in response to the news of the lawyer’s arrest, “Hey @MichaelAvenatti – It looks like you’ll be the one spending time behind bars after all.”

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office explained that Avenatti threatened "to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met."

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