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Michael Avenatti was sentenced to Federal Court in Manhattan on Thursday.

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Michael Avenatti was sentenced to Federal Court in Manhattan on Thursday.

John Minchiro / AP

New York — Cheeky California lawyer Michael Avenatti, who once represented Stormy Daniels in a proceeding against President Donald Trump, tried to extort up to $ 25 million from Nike by threatening the company with bad publicity. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Thursday.

Avenatti, 50, was angry with Nike’s end of league sponsorship last year on charges of attempted blackmail and sincere service fraud in connection with the agent of the Los Angeles Youth Basketball League organizer. I was convicted.

Judge Paul G. Gardef of the U.S. District Court called Avenatti’s actions “exorbitant” and “hijacked client claims. He used those claims to make millions of dollars from Nike. I promoted my agenda to force myself. “

Judge Avenatti said, “I was intoxicated with the power of my platform, or of my perception of the power of my platform. He has laws and regulations that apply to everyone else. Became a person who acts as if it doesn’t apply. Apply to him. “

Before the judge spoke, Avenatti sometimes made emotional remarks through tears.

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