Laaaawd…first, the lawyer for one of R. Kelly’s accusers gets convicted , and now the prosecuting attorney in his upcoming sex abuse trial has just gotten charged and arrested in a multimillion dollar extortion plot…and that’s not all!
By now, many of you are probably familiar with attorney, Michael Avennati. He spearheaded the recent charges against R. Kelly, resulting in Mr. Bump N’ Grind’s arrest after getting hit with 10 felony counts of sex abuse.
Fast forward to today, and now Avenatti is facing several federal charges. Only difference is this has nothing to do with R. Kelly and everything to do with Nike…and also two U.S. Attorney’s Offices. Yep, you read that right. Peep ALL of the details below…
Michael Avenatti was arrested and charged with trying to extort a whopping $20 MILLION from Nike, according to TMZ:
The feds claim Avenatti told Nike’s lawyers if they didn’t pay him between $15 million and $25 million he would hold a news conference on the eve of Nike’s quarterly earnings call and the start of March Madness and announce allegations of misconduct by employees at the shoe company.
Demands & Recorded Exchanges?…
It’s also being reported that Avenatti demanded Nike hire him to conduct an internal investigation for the enormous salary.”:
Via TMZ- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York says Avenatti was representing a client who was the coach of an AAU Youth Club basketball team.
Prosecutors say Avenatti gave Nike an option … don’t hire him but pay $22.5 million to resolve the dispute and buy his silence. The complaint says Avenatti claimed the AAU coach had evidence that one or more Nike employees had funded payments to the families of top high school basketball players and attempted to conceal those payments.
A phone call, which was recorded, was apparently the last straw. According to prosecutors involved in the case, Avenatti and Nike had a phone convo’ on March 20, 2019, in which Avenatti reportedly said:
“I’m not f**king around with this, and I’m not continuing to play games … you guys know enough now to know you’ve got a serious problem … So if you guys think that you know, we’re gonna negotiate a million five, and you’re gonna hire us to do an internal investigation, but it’s gonna be capped at 3 or 5 or 7 million dollars, like let’s just be done.”
Then came Avenatti’s phone threat, says prosecutors:
“I’ll go and I’ll go take 10 billion dollars off your client’s market cap. But I’m not f**king around.”
Then came video of a March 21st meeting between Michael Avenatti and Nike attorneys, according to the CA U.S. Attorney:
TMZ- In that meeting, Avenatti allegedly said, “If [Nike] wants to have one confidential settlement and we’re done, they can buy that for $22.5 million and we’re done.” During that same meeting, prosecutors say Avenatti set a March 25 deadline and said, “If this is not papered on Monday, we are done. I don’t want to hear about somebody on a bike trip. I don’t want to hear that … somebody’s grandmother passed away or … the dog ate my homework, I don’t want to hear — none of it is going to go anywhere unless somebody was killed in a plane crash.” Avenatti allegedly told Nike he had them by “the balls.”
Bank & Wire Fraud?…
That ain’t it for attorney Michael Avenatti. He’s additionally caught a new fed case in California:
Via TMZ : Avenatti was just arrested for more federal crimes … bank and wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California claims Avenatti embezzled client money to cover expenses for his coffee corporation which operates Tully”s Coffee stores in CA and Washington.
As for allegations of bank fraud, prosecutors say Avenatti submitted false tax returns to a bank in Mississippi to get $4.1 million in loans.
To say R. Kelly is one lucky mofo, is an understatement. Though he is no where near clear of his 10 sex abuse charges, the prosecuting attorney in his case, getting hit with extortion, bank fraud and wire charges won’t necessarily look too pristine in court for Michael Avennati neither. Nonetheless, R. Kelly should still be VERY worried because
clearly , he’s out here lookin’ hella suspect as well.