Former attorney Michael Avenatti faces up to 8 years in prison when he is sentenced today in a Manhattan courtroom for trying to extort money from Nike. The lawyer who once represented porn star Stormy Daniels in a case involving former President Donald Trump was convicted of threatening to give Nike bad publicity if the company didn’t pay him up to $25 million dollars. Prosecutors are seeking up to eight years in prison. Avenatti’s defense is looking for six months and home detention.
Regardless of the outcome, Avenatti faces trials in Los Angeles later this year on fraud charges and a separate trial next year in Manhattan, where he is charged with cheating his former client, porn star Stormy Daniels, out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Avenatti, 50, represented Daniels in 2018 in lawsuits against Trump, appearing hundreds of times on CNN and other cable news programs to rip Trump as he explored running for president himself against Trump in 2020. Avenatti boasted he’d “have no problem raising money.”
Avenatti’s pink cloud aspirations evaporated when prosecutors in Los Angeles and New York charged him with fraud in March 2019. Prosecutors in Los Angeles said he was enjoying a $200,000-a-month lifestyle while cheating clients of millions of dollars and the Internal Revenue Service of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Charges alleging he cheated Daniels of proceeds from a book deal followed weeks later. Avenatti pleaded not guilty to all charges.