Michael Avenatti found guilty of trying to extort Nike, faces years in prison


Lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted in New York on Friday of trying to extort millions of dollars from athletic wear company Nike.

Avenatti, the former attorney for adult actress Stormy Daniels, was found guilty on all three counts. During the three-week trial, prosecutors said that Avenatti had used his media access to threaten Nike, telling the company that unless he was paid $25 million he would announce that it had secretly paid amateur basketball players. By advocating for money for his own use instead of his client, a youth basketball coach named Gary Franklin, Avenatti had also betrayed his client.

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