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Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels, was sentenced to four years yesterday after being found guilty of stealing roughly $300K of Daniels’ book advance. Thirty months of the four-year sentence will be served concurrently with a two-and-a-half-year sentence from a separate case, in which he tried to extort $25M from Nike (see 101).
The California-based lawyer rose to fame when he represented Daniels in a lawsuit to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement after she received a $130K hush payment linked to an alleged 2006 affair with former President Donald Trump; Trump has denied the affair. Avenatti faces another trial next month, in which he is accused of stealing $10M from five clients. He has pleaded not guilty.
Separately, a New York appeals court unanimously upheld Harvey Weinstein’s sex crimes conviction yesterday. Weinstein was convicted in 2020 and is currently serving a 23-year sentence. He is awaiting trial in Los Angeles on 11 additional charges.