Michael Avenatti, the virulently anti-Trump attorney of Stormy Daniels who for a time was a frequent CNN contributor, has been convicted of trying to extort $25 million from Nike.
USAToday reports Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike.
The verdict was returned Friday by a Manhattan federal jury after it deliberated charges of attempted extortion and honest services fraud in what prosecutors called Avenatti’s attempt to extort up to $25 million from Nike with threats to otherwise harm the company.
The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison.
Avenatti, 48, became prominent during frequent cable television program appearances in 2018 and 2019 as journalists courted him for information about porn star Stormy Daniels and her claims of a Trump tryst before he became president and a payoff to remain silent about it.