Federal prosecutors in Manhattan told a federal judge Tuesday night that Michael Avenatti had been arrested for violating the terms of his pretrial release in Los Angeles, where he is charged with embezzling money from his clients.
The revelation, outlined in a one-page letter to Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, came just one week before the former lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump is set to stand trial in New York in a separate case accusing him of trying to extort between $15 and $25 million from Nike Inc.
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