Michael Avenatti is Convicted of Trying to Extort Nike

The cable news fixture threatened to use his media access to hurt Nike’s reputation and stock price unless the company paid him up to $25 million.

  • Published 14 February 2020

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NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned Friday by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-week trial in which prosecutors said Avenatti threatened to use his media access to hurt Nike’s reputation and stock price unless the company paid him up to $25 million.… Read at AP News