Judge revokes bail for Avenatti, cites new crime evidence
January 15, 2020 1:07PM AKST
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – A federal judge in California has revoked bail for attorney Michael Avenatti after prosecutors revealed evidence of new crimes. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Avenatti orchestrated several schemes to hide assets from creditors as he lived a life of luxury while awaiting trial. The development threatens to disrupt next week’s scheduled trial in New York on charges he tried to extort $25 million from Nike. Avenatti has declared his innocence. He was arrested at a bar court hearing in Los Angeles where state lawyers were seeking to prevent him from practicing law because he allegedly stole from clients.