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Lawyer Avenatti found guilty of stealing from Stormy Daniels

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Michael Avenatti, lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, speaks outside court Michael Cohen’s sentencing in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Michael Avenatti, the California attorney who represented Stormy Daniels, was found guilty in New York on Friday of stealing book advance money from the ex-porn star.

He now faces up to 22 years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

A regular fixture on CNN during the Donald Trump administration Avenatti began representing Daniels in order to get her out from under a non-disclosure agreement with the then president.

She alleged that the NDA kept her from speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump that took place years earlier.

Later, as her lawyer, Avenatti stole $300,000 from Daniels which was part of an advance she’d received for writing a book about her alleged tryst with Trump.

Avenatti represented himself in the two week trial and stared straight ahead as the verdict was read.

A sentencing date has not been announced.

In 2020, Avenatti was found guilty of attempting to extort $25 million from sneaker maker Nike and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

He has yet to begin serving that sentence.