After shocking NY arrest, Avenatti faces court in California

After shocking NY arrest, Avenatti faces court in California

After shocking NY arrest, Avenatti faces court in California

A week after Michael Avenatti's shocking arrest in NY, the attorney famous for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump will be back in federal court on April 1 to face fraud charges in California.

In the Nike case, federal prosecutors in NY charged Avenatti with four counts of extortion and conspiracy for allegedly threatening to reveal what he claimed was evidence that Nike made improper payments to high school basketball players unless the company paid $1.5 million to one of his clients and $15 million to $25 million for him and an associate to conduct an investigation of Nike.

"I am highly confident that when the process plays out, that justice will be done", he told a group of reporters outside the courthouse without taking questions.

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces a hearing in federal court in California on charges he fraudulently obtained $4 million in bank loans and pocketed $1.6 million that belonged to a client. He says he expects to be exonerated.

On Monday, Avenatti waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges in California and was scheduled to be arraigned April 29.

After shocking NY arrest, Avenatti faces court in California

Avenatti also became involved in the investigation of sexual abuse charges against R&B singer R. Kelly after giving the Chicago state's attorney's office what he said was a tape of the performer having sex with an underage girl.

Avenatti is known for his outspoken challenge of Trump and his lavish lifestyle.

Avenatti became a public figure and frequent cable TV guest while representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit against Trump over a nondisclosure agreement that in the weeks before the 2016 US presidential election kept her from discussing a 2006 sexual relationship she said they had.

He also claimed loans to the MS bank were repaid "years ago IN FULL".

Avenatti's former law firm went through bankruptcy proceedings and was ordered to pay $10 million to a former partner, who is still seeking to collect the money.

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