October 4, 2022
Feds want Michael Avenatti to start prison term now for Nike extortion conviction
New York prosecutors urged a judge Friday to order California lawyer Michael Avenatti to begin serving a 2 1/2-year prison term, more than a year after he was convicted of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike.Avenatti, 50, was initially allowed to postpone reporting to prison because he faced trial just days later…

New York prosecutors urged a judge Friday to order California lawyer Michael Avenatti to begin serving a 2 1/2-year prison term, more than a year after he was convicted of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike.

Avenatti, 50, was initially allowed to postpone reporting to prison because he faced trial just days later in California on charges he defrauded clients and others there. The trial was canceled. The uncertain date Avenatti will face California’s retrial means that it is no longer possible to delay reporting to prison. Manhattan federal prosecutors wrote to the judge who sentenced Avenatti on July.

Avenatti gained a measure of fame in 2018 when he represented porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against then-President Donald Trump. He was often seen on cable television programs.

Prosecutors noted that a Nov. 2 retrial date was recently postponed and issues before a San Francisco federal appeals court could delay it months.

“The above information indicates that there is no reason to delay the surrender of the defendant. Prosecutors wrote that it was in the best interest of justice for defendant to begin serving the sentence of imprisonment that this Court imposed for him for serious offenses, including frauding his client.

Avenatti represented a California basketball league coach in the Nike case. Prosecutors said that he threatened to use media exposure to muddy Nike’s reputation if they didn’t pay him millions.

Attorneys for Avenatti did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday.

In 2019, federal prosecutors in New York charged Avenatti with defrauding Daniels by failing to pay her hundreds of thousands of dollars she was owed from a book deal. Avenatti, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, will be tried in January.

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