Michael Avenatti isn’t have a great start to the new year.
The ex-Stormy Daniels lawyer, who was involved in months of disputes with President Donald Trump, was taken into custody by federal agents on Tuesday evening.
The arrest took place right outside a court hearing where Avenatti was accused by the State Bar of California “of using a doctored document to scam a client out of nearly $840,000” along with stealing funds from a lawsuit settlement for personal use.
Here’s how it went down, per Daily Beast:
The State Bar of California, the official attorney licensing agency, has sought to put Avenatti on “involuntary inactive status,” setting in motion a timeline for disbarment proceedings.
During a break in testimony, members of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, who are prosecuting Avenatti in a separate criminal matter in Orange County, parleyed with Avenatti’s team of lawyers and took the lawyer into custody.
“I understand that Mr. Avenatti has been arrested by the federal authorities for violating the terms of his release,” lawyer Steven Bledsoe said. Bledsoe was at the scene of the arrest while representing the Avenatti victim in court.
He was arrested for violating his pre-trial release terms.
Avenatti stated he is “completely innocent” while he was ushered out of the building by federal IRS agents.
He made a name for himself last year after representing Stormy Daniels in her brush-up with Trump. But that’s all went to the wayside when he found himself facing multiple charges late last year, including extortion, theft, deception, and tax evasion.
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