Michael Avenatti has been charged on 36 counts of perjury, fraud, failure to pay taxes and other various financial crimes by federal prosecutors in California on Thursday according to The Hill.
Avenatti is known for being the attorney to adult-movie star Stormy Daniels who had a lawsuit against President Donald Trump. His firm is based in southern California.
Avenatti was accused of stealing several million dollars from clients, committing bank fraud, not paying his taxes and lying during bankruptcy proceedings.
During a news conference, U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said that every crime Avenatti did is linked to one another. This is his statement:
‘’Money generated from one set of crimes was used to further other crimes.’’
Avenattie used Twitter to clear himself from these accusations, saying that he expects to be exonerated. This is his tweet:
“For 20 years, I have represented Davids vs. Goliaths and relied on due process and our system of justice. Along the way, I have made many powerful enemies. I am entitled to a FULL presumption of innocence and am confident that justice will be done once ALL of the facts are known.”
“I intend to fully fight all charges and plead NOT GUILTY. I look forward to the entire truth being known as opposed to a one-sided version meant to sideline me,’’ added Avenatti.
One month ago he was charged with bank and wire fraud and now his charges are expanding in the case. The same day when the charges arrived, prosecutors in New York charged him over because he threatened to harm Nike unless he received a couple of million dollars, later saying that Nike pulled a stunt by having him arrested before he could go forward with allegations against the company.
The U.S. Attorney Office made the indictment public on Thursday.