Avenatti arrested for new alleged crimes while on bail
Federal prosecutors say attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested for violating conditions of his bail by committing multiple state and federal crimes while awaiting trial.
Avenatti was arrested late Tuesday at a state bar court hearing in Los Angeles where lawyers were seeking to prevent him from practicing law because he allegedly stole from clients.
A New York judge said Wednesday that the arrest threatens to disrupt Avenatti's trial scheduled next week in Manhattan on charges he tried to extort $25 million from Nike.
Avenatti is expected to appear in a Southern California courtroom Wednesday morning.
He reportedly declared his innocence after his arrest Tuesday.
Avenatti represented adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Donald Trump in 2018.