"My head is exploding," Ali Velshi moaned after the news broke that Stormy Daniels' former lawyer has been arrested for an extortion scheme against Nike. The SDNY arrested Avenatti less than an hour after he tweeted that he had information about a scandal involving Nike.
According to the complaint, Avenatti called Nike on March 19, 2019 and "threatened to release damaging information regarding Nike if Nike did not agree to make multi-million dollar payments to Avenatti" and another unnamed person.
On March 20, 2019, Avenatti and the unnamed person talked to the attorneys for Nike where he once again demanded payment and said if those demands were not met "I will take ten billion dollars off your client's market cap...I am not fucking around."
At 9:16 AM today, Avenatti tweeted this:
Less than an hour later, the SDNY news Twitter account tweeted this:
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles US Attorney's office has also brought charges against Avenatti on an unrelated case:
And to think he was considering running for President just a few months ago. Looks like he'll be tied up for awhile.
UPDATE: He's lost Stormy
UPDATE 2: WOW, there's reporting that Mark Geragos is Avenatti's co-conspirator. Geragos is a high, high profile celebrity attorney who defended Michael Jackson and others. Huge if true.