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Report: Avenatti Name-Dropped Trump, R. Kelly in Extortion Squeeze

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Michael Avenatti (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Monday, 25 March 2019 08:19 PM

Lawyer Michael Avenatti named-dropped President Donald Trump and R. Kelly — two of his most high-profile legal adversaries — during an alleged $20 million extortion of Nike, the New York Post reported.

Citing court papers filed Monday, the Post reported two Nike lawyers working with federal authorities secretly recorded Avenatti demanding a $12 million “retainer” to stay quiet about claims that Nike made illegal payments to high school athletes.

Avenatti also allegedly said he and an alleged co-conspirator — identified by the Wall Street Journal as celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos — would need as much as $25 million to do an “internal investigation” for Nike.

Avenatti allegedly told the Nike lawyers he’d hold a news conference if his demands weren’t met, adding that “as soon as this becomes public, I am going to receive calls from all over the country from parents and coaches and friends and all kinds of people.”

“Ninety 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,” he allegedly warned.

Avenatti turned himself into a household name through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels over her claims of an affair with Trump. He’s also represented several clients tied to the sex abuse allegations case against Kelly.

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti named-dropped President Donald Trump and R. Kelly - two of his most high-profile legal adversaries - during an alleged $20 million extortion of Nike, the New York Post reported.Citing court papers filed Monday, the Post reported two Nike lawyers...
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