Federal prosecutors have filed more charges against Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, with federal prosecutors claiming the man stole $300,000 from the former porn actress and stripper.
The charge announcement came on Wednesday, claiming the lawyer used “fraudulent document purporting to bear his client’s name and signature to convince his client’s literary agent to divert money owed to Avenatti’s client to an account controlled by Avenatti.”
According to NBC News, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman criticized Avenatti, claiming he had taken advantage of Stephanie Clifford, who is better known as Stormy Daniels.
“Michael Avenatti abused and violated the core duty of an attorney,” he said. the duty to his client.”
Avenatti reportedly pocketed half of two consecutive payments of $148,000, which was provided by a publisher so Daniels could write a book on the matter.
“As alleged, he used his position of trust to steal an advance on the client’s book deal. As alleged, he blatantly lied to and stole from his client to maintain his extravagant lifestyle, including to pay for, among other things, a monthly car payment on a Ferrari,” Berman said. “Far from zealously representing his client, Avenatti, as alleged, instead engaged in outright deception and theft, victimizing rather than advocating for his client.”
Avenatti took to Twitter, denying that he “stole” anything.
“No monies relating to Ms. Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled. She received millions of dollars worth of legal services and we spent huge sums in expenses. She directly paid only $100.00 for all that she received. I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence.”
The lawyer -who made a name for himself by representing Daniels- was charged in March and formally indicted on Wednesday, after he allegedly tried to extort Nike for $20 million and used a client’s settlement money to pay for a failing business.
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