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Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested - he is said to have blackmailed Nike

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Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels in New York in April 2018. Image: AP / AP

Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested - he is said to have blackmailed Nike

The ex-attorney for ex-porn star Stormy Daniels and declared Trump critic Michael Avenatti has been arrested. He was accused of trying to extort $ 20 million from the sporting goods manufacturer Nike, said the prosecutor in New York via Twitter.

The allegations are based on a post by the lawyer on Twitter, in which he accused Nike of being involved in a basketball scandal. Avenatti is said to have demanded $ 20 million from Nike, otherwise he would drive the company into bankruptcy with explosive information, reports media in the USA.

In addition, the Los Angeles prosecutor brought charges against Avenatti on the same day. There he is accused of fraud. Nike said the company had long been working with investigators by the time Avenatti attempted blackmail. "Nike does not allow itself to be blackmailed and would not hide any information in connection with a government investigation."

The lawyer had become known when he made the alleged affair of Stormy Daniels with Trump public and Trump's hush money payments became public.

Stormy Daniels distanced himself from Avenatti on Twitter. She ended the collaboration about a month ago after finding out that he was "extremely dishonest".

Avenatti had already been set at short notice last autumn. However, the allegations of domestic violence were not substantiated. (sda / dpa)

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