Michael Avenatti took America by storm and became infamous when he represented porn star Stormy Daniels with her accusation that then-Republican nominee Donald Trump paid her $130,000 of hush money for an alleged sexual interaction the two shared at Lake Tahoe in 2006.
The instantly famous lawyer used his newfound fame to arrogantly attempt to run against Trump in 2020 but that was a short-lived notion because he changed his mind early on.
And now Michael Avenatti just became an even bigger laughing stock after this was uncovered.
Michael Avenatti is surely incapable of staying out of the news and the odd accusations against him continue to pile up; proving him to be the sketchiest of sketchy lawyers. The worst part is that he’s everywhere.
It wasn’t long ago when Avenatti was caught up in a Nike scandal where he allegedly tried to extort the world-famous apparel brand for anywhere between $15 and $25 million, in which he was subsequently charged for.
After he was formally charged, FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney Jr. said in a statement, “As alleged, Michael Avenatti approached Nike last week with a list of financial demands in exchange for covering up allegations of misconduct on behalf of the company. The lofty price tag included a $1.5 million payoff for Avenatti’s client and upwards of tens of millions of dollars for the legal services of his firm – services Nike never requested. This is nothing more than a straightforward case of extortion”
Avenatti audaciously wrote on Twitter about 40 minutes before being charged, “Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.”
It effectively might be the biggest backfire of all time.
And then even more recently, Avenatti was caught up in another scandal when he tried to control a settlement between Miami Heat NBA star Hassan Whiteside and his former girlfriend where he agreed to pay her $3 million. The accusation is that Avenatti took a $1 million fee and held onto the rest.
If the aforementioned wasn’t bad enough, Avenatti is now facing new criminal charges.
Avenatti allegedly stole $300,000 belonging to Daniels from a book deal advance, which prosecutors claim he used to “maintain his extravagant lifestyle, including to pay for, among other things, a monthly car payment on a Ferrari.”
One time might make people skeptical but when these accusations happen over and over again then the court of public opinion seems to be on the right track. A criminal is a criminal and if these allegations are true then he certainly is one.
A recent profile in Vanity Fair showed a different side of Avenatti that’s a little odd because he seems to be in complete denial about the allegations, even cracking jokes when he was arrested by the FBI when he thanked them for not treating him like Roger Stone – who the FBI raided his house in the middle of the night.
Either he’s delusional or the accusations behind the charges aren’t true. But as the old proverb says, “fool me once shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”