Michael Avenatti under arrest, charged with extortion, prosecutors say

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The co-conspirator in that matter is attorney Mark Geragos, two people familiar with the matter said.

Geragos represents Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of staging a hate crime against himself.

Geragos didn't respond to messages seeking comment.

Earlier this month, three men received prison sentences in a college basketball recruiting scandal involving Adidas that involved two dozen schools, including Kansas. "Nike will not be extorted or hide information that is relevant to a government investigation", the statement partially reads.

That may have been the trigger that led to the announcement of the indictments, which came less than an hour after Avenatti's tweet. "And I'm not continuing to play games". Charges against Avenatti were eventually dropped. Prosecutors say he used the money in the intervening months to pay expenses for his coffee business and personal use. In the federal complaint against Avenatti, it notes that he was scheduled to meet with the attorney for the company on Monday.

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz reacted Monday to the arrest of lawyer Michael Avenatti, who federal prosecutors say attempted to extort the Nike footwear company.

Federal investigators told ABC News that Avenatti was taken into custody approximately 15 minutes later.

The tweet that preceded the social media smackdown was shared by Avenatti at 12.16pm on Monday.

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Meanwhile, a complaint filed in the Central District of California said Avenatti committed both wire fraud and bank fraud in separate attempts to defraud both his clients and a bank in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Avenatti even "advanced" the client $130,000 between April and November while he was supposedly waiting for the delayed settlement payment, US Attorney Nick Hanna said in a press conference in L.A. Monday. He also briefly considered running for president.

Ms Daniels said she was "saddened but not shocked" to learn of the charges filed against Mr Avenatti.

Daniels wasn't alone in her lack of surprise at Avenatti's arrest. She said she wouldn't elaborate.

Avenatti allegedly said that "90 percent of that is going to be bulls-t because it's always bulls-t 90 percent of the time, always, whether it's R. Kelly or Trump, the list goes on and on - but 10 percent of it is actually going to be true, and then what's going to happen is this is going to snowball".

Avenatti represented Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, when she revealed that she had a 2006 affair with Donald Trump and was paid hush money by Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, during the 2016 campaign.

High profile Los Angeles attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested by federal law enforcement officials in a wire fraud and bank fraud case, the US attorney's office said Monday. '#MAGA - Michael Avenatti Getting Arrested!' Although, Avenatti said that he would continue to represent "others against Donald Trump and his cronies and will not rest until Trump is removed from office, and our republic and its values are restored".

In New York, he was accused of threatening to use his ability to get publicity to harm Nike.

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