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Lawyer Charged With Stealing Money From Porn Actress

Jeff Katz
May 23, 2019 - 5:08 pm

Disgraced television lawyer Michael Avenatti was charged Wednesday for defrauding his former client, porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Federal prosecutors said Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal, then used the money for personal and business expenses. Only half of that money was paid back, according to prosecutors. While Daniels isn’t named in the court filing, the details of the case make it clear that she is the client involved in the case.

Shortly after the charges were announced, Avenatti took to social media to deny them.

He tweeted: “No monies relating to Ms. Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled. She received millions of dollars worth of legal services and we spent huge sums in expenses. She directly paid only $100.00 for all that she received. I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence.” He has since locked his Twitter account.