Celebrity lawyer and one-time rising star in the Democrat political field Michael Avenatti was sentenced on Thursday to 2.5 years in prison for extortion against Nike for up to $25 million.
“When lawyers use their law licenses as weapons, as a guise to extort payments for themselves, they are no longer acting as attorneys. They are acting as criminals,” said Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney in New York, according to The Associated Press.
The staunch anti-Trump spokesman broke into tears ahead of the court sentencing, admitting, “I am truly sorry for all of the pain I caused.”
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He added, “I alone have destroyed my career, my relationships and my life. And there is no doubt I need to pay.”
Avenatti served as the lawyer for Stormie Daniels in 2018 against then-President Donald Trump that included numerous television appearances disparaging the Republican leader.
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who shot to fame representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against former President Donald Trump, was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike https://t.co/1vnQpf7BB8 pic.twitter.com/zFdVg2WVp5
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The lawyer will likely serve less than the full sentence. However, the sentencing brings to completion a long-term case involving much media attention in the high profile Nike dispute.