Michael Avenatti Arrested During Democratic Presidential Debate

Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer of anti-Trump porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested on Tuesday evening in California for violating the conditions of his pretrial release.

Avenatti’s arrest occurred at the same time as the latest Democratic presidential debate was taking place, which is ironic given the fact that he once touted himself as being the Democrat who was destined to beat Trump in the 2020 election. While his fellow 2020 Democrats were going toe to toe on the debate stage tonight, however, Avenatti was handcuffed on his way to spend the night in jail.

Avenatti was taken into custody by federal agents outside the State Bar Court in Los Angeles tonight as he was attending a disciplinary hearing in which he was accused of altering a document to swindle a client out of almost $840,000. He was arrested for violating conditions of his release on charges in New York, where he is about to stand trial next week for allegedly extorting Nike out of up to $25 million, according to USA Today.

New York prosecutors notified U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe earlier in the evening that they had been told that prosecutors in Los Angeles were preparing to arrest Avenatti.

“We understand that has now occurred,” the New York prosecutors said in a one-page letter to the judge. “We are still gathering information and will provide an update to the Court as soon as we can.”

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