Michael Avenatti Released From Federal Prison Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti was temporarily released from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Friday due to coronavirus concerns and is headed to Los Angeles.
Avanetti said he trying to expose Nike’s alleged “high school/college basketball scandal” before being arrested.
Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 25, 2019
He threatened Nike that he could use his ability to gain public attention if the company failed to meet his fiscal demands.
Avenatti will be escorted to his home in Venice, California, where he will be given an ankle bracelet for monitoring while serving 90 days of house arrest. He can see his wife but is not allowed to use the Internet.
Avenatti could face up to 330 years in prison if convicted on all charges against him, with the Nike case alone being 47 years.
“As all of you know, for the entirety of my career, I have fought against powerful, powerful people and powerful corporations,” Avenatti told reporters in March after he was initially released on $300,000 bond. “I will never stop fighting that good fight.”
The attorney is scheduled for sentencing his extortion conviction in June this year.