Michael Avenatti rose to fame in recent years by representing Stormi Daniels as she sought to sue President Trump. He instantly became a famous legal representative and was supported by liberals around the nation.
Now, the tables have turned. Avenatti has found himself in some serious legal trouble of his own!
"Michael Avenatti's under a mountain of legal trouble now -- the IRS and the Department of Justice said he's been hit with a 36-count indictment that could land him in prison for life. A federal grand jury in California handed up the indictment Thursday, and if 36 charges sound like a lot ... it is. He faces up to 335 years in prison if convicted," reported TMZ.
Avenatti has now spoken out about the claims against him. He denies the charges.
"Avenatti vehemently denies any wrongdoing. He said, 'Any claim that any monies due clients were mishandled is bogus nonsense.' He tweeted what he says is a testimonial from the paraplegic client he's accused of stealing millions from ... saying the client signed the doc less than a month ago attesting to his ethics," according to reports.
Avenatti plans to fight the allegations against him. He is planning to plead "not guilty" to the charges.
The news comes just weeks after he was arrested and charged last month. In that circumstance, he was accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike. A separate case also charged him with wire fraud.
"As we reported ... Avenatti allegedly siphoned off a $1.6 million settlement he scored for a client in 2017 and hid it in a personal bank account he controlled in the wire fraud case. He's also accused of defrauding a bank for millions of dollars worth of loans by submitting fake tax returns between 2011 and 2013," according to reports.
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