Michael Avenatti's Stunning Admission
However, Avenatti made a rare public admission to CBS News after being arrest by federal agents: He's "scared."
The Daily Wire's James Barrett reports:
"Of course I'm nervous," the former lawyer of porn star Stormy Daniels told CBS News' Jericka Duncan in an interview that will air in full Wednesday. "I am nervous. I'm concerned. I'm scared. I feel terrible for my family. I feel bad for my friends."
Famous for his defiant self-assurance, even after losing multiple legal battles with Donald Trump and amid mounting financial and legal problems, Avenatti struck a different tone with CBS after FBI agents laid out a potentially devastating case against him and his alleged co-conspirator, fellow celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, who counts Jussie Smollett and Colin Kaepernick among his lists of clients.
On Monday, Avenatti was arrested and charged with extortion in an alleged "shakedown" attempt of Nike for millions of dollars. In a complaint submitted to the Southern District of New York, FBI Special Agent Christopher Harper alleges that over the course of a few days this month, Avenatti and an unnamed co-conspirator, who multiple reports say is Geragos, "devised a scheme to extort a company [Nike] by means of an interstate communication by threatening to damage the company's reputation if the company did not agree to make multi-million dollar payments to Avenatti and [his co-conspirator], and further agree to pay $1.5 million to a client of Avenatti's."
After being released on $300,000 bond Monday night, Avenatti forcefully denied the accusations, declaring he's "highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs, that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done."