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Michael Avenatti convicted of stealing from porn star Stormy Daniels

Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing book proceeds from his client, Stormy Daniels

Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing book proceeds from client Stormy Daniels (Images: AP)

Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing book proceeds from Stormy Daniels, the porn star he represented during her legal battles against former President Donald Trump.

The California attorney was sentenced to four years in prison in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Thursday. As he is currently incarcerated, he will serve an additional 2 1/2 years in prison in addition to the 2 1/2 years he is already serving for another fraud conviction.

Judge Jesse M Furman said Avenatti’s crime was committed “out of desperation” at a time when his law firm was struggling. He said the sentence will send a message to lawyers about the consequences if they go astray.

Avenatti was convicted of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for stealing approximately $300,000 from Daniels in connection with a book deal.

“It’s been three years since she found out what Mr. Avenatti did and she was devastated,” said Clark Brewster, Daniel’s current attorney. Daniels was not present in court.

“The regularly accepted theme has been that this guy was a great lawyer, but … his jurisprudence based on the cases we’ve taken on is dubious. This was a fraudulent plan. It wasn’t a mistake. It’s been calculated,’ he added.

In a sentencing note, prosecutors noted how Avenatti stole from his client while presenting himself to the world as her champion and defender.

“Avenatti stole from his client. He did this to support his own business and fund his own lifestyle. He did so despite presenting himself to the world as his client’s champion and defender, using that feigned credibility to gain fame and gain political influence. And he did so by exploiting his position of trust and authority as an attorney, by forging his client’s signature and repeatedly and ruthlessly lying to his client and others for months,” prosecutors said.

Avenatti wept briefly as he told the judge he will forever be known as a “disgraced lawyer”.

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