Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested on Bail Violation Allegations

Clay Curtis
January 16, 2020

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' former lawyer and an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, finds himself embroiled in a new round of legal trouble after being arrested Tuesday night in California. Court documents supporting the arrest lay out several schemes orchestrated by Avenatti to hide his assets from creditors and continue to live a lavish lifestyle amid debts surpassing $10 million.

The beleaguered lawyer is also scheduled to go on trial in Los Angeles in May for allegedly ripping off his clients there.

"We understand in substance that the allegations have to do with fraud, money structuring, money laundering, and other crimes by [Avenatti] while he's been on pre-trial release", he said during an emergency conference following Avenatti's Tuesday arrest.

After being removed from the courthouse, the lawyer reportedly declared that he was "completely innocent". Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Earlier Wednesday, Gardephe refused to dismiss the Nike prosecution, which Avenatti called "vindictive" and payback for his animosity toward Trump.

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He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, along with allegations in a criminal case in Manhattan federal court alleging he ripped off ex-client porn actress Stormy Daniels of proceeds of a book deal.

His arrest was also notified to U.S. District Judge Paul G.Gardephe by NY prosecutors in a one-page letter.

Looks like any chance of Michael Avenatti pursuing his dream of becoming Commander in Chief one day is effectively over at this point.

Matthew D. Podolsky, a federal prosecutor with the US attorney's office in Manhattan, told Gardephe he understood his Los Angeles counterparts would make such a request, but he still believed Avenatti could be transported to NY for trial within 24 to 48 hours. "Mr. Avenatti has been on bail in the California case for a long time. There are certainly questions in my mind about why it was necessary to raise questions about bail violations so close to trial".

The embattled attorney also faces a May trial in California for allegations that he defrauded clients of millions of dollars, committed bank fraud, and circumvented the IRS' authority. Prospective jurors in the first of his scheduled trials, having to do with the Nike allegations, were scheduled to show up at federal court in NY on Tuesday to begin the process of seeing who could serve on his case.

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