Michael Avenatti might be the worst sufferer of the Trump curse. In an interview he admitted, “I’m nervous, I’m concerned, I’m scared,” with regards to spending the rest of his life behind bars.
Avenatti was formally accused of attempting to extort $25 million from Nike on Monday. Over and over he threatened to release unfavorable information about the company if they did not pay him to remain silent.
But wait, that’s not all. Prosecutors in California charged Avenatti with bank and wire fraud. He lied to one of his clients about the amount of a settlement claim and obtained bank loans by using falsified tax returns.
With the charges he is facing, it is possible Avenatti could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“Of course I’m nervous,” Avenatti said during an interview with CBS News on Tuesday. ‘I’m nervous, I’m concerned, I’m scared.’
Avenatti is set to appear in court in April in both California and New York after being released on a $300,000 bond.
More on the story from Daily Mail:
‘As all of you know for the entirety of my career I have fought against the powerful. Powerful people and powerful corporations,’ he told the press. ‘I will never stop fighting that good fight.
‘I am highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare in connection with these cases, when it is all known, when due process occurs that I will be fully exonerated and justice will be done.’
Avenatti reaffirmed his innocence in a tweet, saying he ‘never attempted to extort Nike’, and the public would soon learn the truth of their ‘crime and cover-up’.
If Nike was cooperating with the government for over a year relating to this scandal (they weren’t – this is a lie), where are the disclosures in their SEC filings? There are none. Wait until the SEC begins their investigation & starts asking why Nike hid this info from investors
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 26, 2019
According to Avenatti, University of Oregon star Bol Bol took large sums of money in order to play there. Oregon is a Nike sponsored school. He also implicated former Arizona star DeAndre Ayton. Avenatti wrote, “Ask DeAndre Ayton and Nike about the cash payments to his mother and others.”