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US celebrity lawyer Avenatti gets 2.5 years for Nike extortion

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New York (AFP) – Michael Avenatti, the celebrity lawyer who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against ex-president Donald Trump, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Thursday for attempting to extort Nike. The 30-month sentence marks an incredible fall from grace for the 50-year-old California attorney, who at one point presented himself as a major adversary to Trump. Avenatti was found guilty by a New York jury in February 2020 of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike. Investigators said Avenatti had asked executives at the sports apparel giant to pay …

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