Lawyer and Trump critic Michael Avenatti charged with extortion, bank and wire fraud

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Lawyer and Trump critic Michael Avenatti charged with extortion, bank and wire fraud

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U.S. prosecutors have charged Trump critic and attorney Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud.

A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York.

Spokesperson Ciaran McEvoy says the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump faces federal charges in New York and California.

In New York, he was accused of threatening to use his ability to get publicity to harm Nike. Prosecutors say he demanded that the apparel company give him $10 million US.

Avenatti is best known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her failed lawsuit against Donald Trump. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

Prosecutors in California planned to release more details at a news conference later Monday. Avenatti is expected to be charged there with defrauding Mississippi Bank by submitting false tax returns to obtain loans for his law firm and coffee business.

This story originally appeared on CBC

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