More on the creepy porn lawyer's arrest in Manhattan and indictments in New York and Los Angeles, via the L.A. Times:
Los Angeles attorney Michael Avenatti has been arrested and charged with financial crimes by federal law enforcement officials in separate cases in Los Angeles and New York, authorities said Monday.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles announced a morning news conference to discuss charges of bank and wire fraud against the 48-year-old attorney and foe of President Trump.
In Southern California, federal prosecutors accused Avenatti of misusing $1.6 million in funds earmarked for a client’s settlement to cover “expenses for his coffee business, Global Baristas US LLC, which operated Tully’s Coffee stores in California and Washington state, as well as for his own expenses,” the statement read.
Avenatti is separately accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $4 million in loans from a Mississippi bank in 2014 by submitting false tax returns that showed he had raked in millions in profits from 2011 to 2013, according to a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles. In reality, Avenatti had not submitted a personal tax return with the Internal Revenue Service in any of those years, according to the filing.
Prosecutors in Manhattan also accused the attorney of “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,” according a statement from the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The company in question was Nike, according to the complaint, which Avenatti has been sparring with in recent months.
Oh, and don't miss this part:
Avenatti approached Nike earlier this month regarding alleged evidence brought by an AAU basketball coach in California, claiming that Nike officials were paying the families of top high school basketball players, according to the complaint. Avenatti threatened to hold a news conference if Nike didn't pay the client and hire Avenatti to conduct an internal investigation of the company, court records show.
Hardest hit, MSNBCNN:
No doubt they'll have him back just as soon as he gets this little legal snafu sorted out.