Whereas serving his sentence for making an attempt to extort Nike, Michael Avenatti was convicted in February 2022 of stealing $300,000 from former shopper Stormy Daniels. Daniels had been paid $800,000 for a tell-all e-book, and whereas performing as her lawyer, Avenatti intercepted the funds and pocketed $300,000. He was convicted of wire fraud and aggravated id theft, and confronted 20 years in jail. Luckily for Avenatti, he averted a prolonged sentence and was given 4 years in jail in June 2022, which amounted to him serving a further two and a half years behind bars after his Nike sentence. “I’ve destroyed my profession, my relationships and my status and have executed collateral harm to my household and my life,” Avenatti stated on the time, per CNN.
A peculiar element of the Daniels fraud case was that Avenatti determined to signify himself in court docket. “He fires his protection workforce so he can cross-examine me himself,” the previous grownup movie star recalled to VladTV in June 2022. “And that went on for 5 and a half hours the place he mainly tried every part to discredit me,” Daniels added. A part of Avenatti’s court docket technique within the fraud case was to show that Daniels was “loopy.” He even had her prescription treatment historical past submitted as proof, however the “Full Disclosure” creator had by no means been on any severe treatment, and his technique proved baseless.
Not lengthy after, it was revealed that Avenatti had defrauded a number of shoppers, which led to him being given main jail time.