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Michael Avenatti, newly sentenced for extortion, faces trial this week for allegedly defrauding clients

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Michael Avenatti departs a scheduled sentencing at Manhattan federal court, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in New York. The California lawyer who publicly sparred with then-President Donald Trump before criminal fraud charges disrupted his rapid ascent to fame faced sentencing after a jury concluded he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Michael Avenatti, the celebrity lawyer who rose to fame as an antagonist of former President Donald Trump, faces opening statements Wednesday in Los Angeles as part of his second federal criminal trial, just two weeks after he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in a separate case in New York.

New York (CNN)Michael Avenatti, the celebrity lawyer who rose to fame as an antagonist of former President Donald Trump, faces opening statements Wednesday in Los Angeles as part of his second federal criminal trial, just two weeks after he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in a separate case in New York.

For Avenatti, who became a national figure during his representation of adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, the first Los Angeles trial is just one of several additional criminal matters he faces.

On top of a second trial in Los Angeles on the remaining counts in the case involving clients of his former firm, he faces yet another federal criminal trial in New York next year on charges he cheated Daniels out of $300,000 from her book advance.

Daniels and Avenatti parted ways after he represented her during a federal investigation of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's role in paying hush money to silence her allegations of an affair with Trump before he was president.

Earlier this month, Avenatti appeared in court in New York, where a judge sentenced him in his first criminal case to 30 months in prison for attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

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