Avenatti arrested for new alleged crimes while on bail

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 11:46 AM CST
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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.

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