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Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti was a frequent figure on television news just a few scant years ago, as he stepped out in front of his client Stormy Daniels, hoping to steal away whatever attention he could from the aging adult film star.
Avenatti was a keen orator, and, at that point technically still a lawyer, and he saw an opportunity to insert himself into the political world by taking on then-president Donald Trump over some alleged hush money payments he made to the aforementioned Daniels.
But, as lasting fame slipped through his grip, Avenatti turned to extortion, attempting to con sneaker giant Nike out of millions of dollars.
On Thursday, he learned his fate for the crime.
Michael Avenatti, the brash attorney who had been a leading foe of then-President Donald Trump, was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for a brazen, botched scheme to extort athletic apparel giant Nike out of up to $25 million.
That sentence was much lower than the nine years that was the bottom of the sentencing range suggested by federal guidelines, and not anywhere close to “a substantial” prison term sought by federal prosecutors for the California lawyer.
The normally pompous Avenatti was subside, even sobbing in court during the hearing.
“I alone have destroyed my career, my relationships and my life. And there is no doubt I need to pay,” Avenatti, 50, tearfully told Manhattan federal court Judge Paul Gardephe before he was sentenced.
“I am truly sorry for all of the pain I caused to Mr. Franklin and others,” Avenatti said, referring to his former client Gary Franklin, an amateur basketball coach.
Stormy Daniels had also accused Avenatti of siphoning millions of her book royalties into his own pocket, which was perhaps the public’s first inclination as to just how shady the attorney could be.
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