Michael Avenatti — the attorney who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her case against President Donald Trump — was sentenced yesterday to thirty months in jail.
Avenatti had attempted to extort $25 million from Nike. According to prosecutors, Avenatti “sought to enrich himself by weaponizing his public profile in an attempt to extort a publicly-traded company out of tens of millions of dollars.” He has also allegedly stolen $300,000 from Daniels.
It was only a few years ago, however, that Avenatti was seen by many as a rising star in the Democratic Party. Some even saw him as a presidential contender who could reciprocate Trump’s aggressive campaign tactics.
According to The Daily Signal’s reporting on analysis from Newsbusters, Avenatti appeared on major television networks 254 times in the year preceding his arrest for domestic abuse charges. CNN alone represented 48% of the appearances.
Brian Stelter, for example, invited Avenatti onto his show for a nine-minute segment unpacking Avenatti’s recent interview