Avenatti Pleads Not Guilty In Both Federal Cases

Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti says he intends to fight both federal cases that saw him plead not guilty yesterday. After being released on a $300-thousand personal recognizance bond, Avenatti spoke outside to reporters where he added that he “looks forward to being fully exonerated” by a jury of his peers.

He also repeated his previous claim that President Trump is behind his legal troubles – and went biblical in the process. "For over 20 years, I have represented David versus Goliaths in courthouses just like this one," he offered. "I intend to fight the ultimate Goliath, the Trump administration."

Avenatti stands accused of stealing 300-thousand-dollars from his client Stormy Daniels, and separately faces charges that he tried to extort more than 20-million-dollars from Nike. Avenatti is due back in court on those cases June 18th. Federal prosecutors in California have also charged Avenatti with a slew of embezzlement, bank fraud and tax fraud charges.

Source: CNN