In yet another day of magical amazing news, slimeball scumbucket Michael Avenatti is in big big trouble:
The Manhattan US Attorney’s office said Monday that it is charging attorney Michael Avenatti “for attempting to extract more than $20 million in payments from a publicly traded company by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met.”
BREAKING: Attorney Michael Avenatti criminally charged with four counts of extortion and related conspiracy counts.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) March 25, 2019
Press conference at 2:30 pm. pic.twitter.com/dXUXqITQMZ
Good luck with that, buddy.
We’ll post more info as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Here are the charges.
In a 11-page complaint, prosecutors accuse Avenatti of extorting Nike by threatening to release damaging information about the company if they did not agree to multimillion dollar payments to him and a client.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) March 25, 2019
The document: https://t.co/UB1cMrBvaD
And some response:
It’s Lent but it feels like Christmas. Avenatti charged. Trump cleared.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 25, 2019
The complaint alleges Avenatti said he'd refrain from holding a press conference, if Nike paid his client $1.5 million & agreed to "retain" him to conduct an "internal investigation," for which he and a co-conspirator would be paid "at a minimum, between $15 and $25 million."— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) March 25, 2019
Update – here’s what Avenatti tweeted just about an hour ago:
Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 25, 2019
Sooooooo it sounds like he screwed up huh?
It looks like they have him ON TAPE!!
WOW. Now that is an amazing turn of events.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 25, 2019