Federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Wednesday announced they have charged Michael Avenatti with fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly stealing nearly $300,000 from his former client and adult film star, Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.

In an unsealed federal indictment, prosecutors said that Avenatti had stolen a “significant portion” of an advance Clifford was being paid on a book deal.

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