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The Latest: Avenatti cameo in NY case gets judge's attention

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23   //    28 Mar 2019, 03:28 IST
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NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the case involving attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

The embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti has a knack for injecting himself into the news.

Wednesday his name popped up in connection with the federal prosecution of members of a secretive society in upstate New York that's been accused of sex trafficking.

At a court hearing in Brooklyn, attorney Mark Geragos confirmed under questioning by a judge that he and Avenatti had met with prosecutors on behalf of a defendant in the case, liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman.

Prosecutors charged Avenatti Monday with embezzling from a client and trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

Geragos wouldn't comment on reports identifying him as an unnamed co-conspirator in the extortion case.

During Wednesday's hearing, Bronfman collapsed after being questioned by the judge and was evaluated by medics.

Avenatti wasn't present.

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7:30 a.m.

The lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump says allegations of criminal wrongdoing against him are "absolutely absurd."

Michael Avenatti said in an interview aired Wednesday on CBS that he's nervous, concerned and scared but also confident because he says "the facts are on my side."

Avenatti was facing legal scrutiny for his business practices long before federal charges were unsealed against him.

On Friday, he testified in a civil case that he never pocketed $1.6 million from a client.

Avenatti told The Associated Press in an email his clients' funds were properly accounted for.

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1:10 a.m.

Attorney Michael Avenatti was facing legal scrutiny for his business practices long before federal charges were unsealed against him.

The lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump testified Friday in a civil case that he never pocketed $1.6 million from a client.

At the time of his testimony, federal authorities were secretly including allegations of the embezzlement in criminal charges that could put him behind bars for decades.

Avenatti told The Associated Press in an email that his clients' funds were properly accounted for.

Avenatti was testifying Friday at a debtor hearing over a $10 million judgment an attorney who worked at his previous firm is owed.

Federal prosecutors filed charges under seal while he was testifying.

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