Extortion and threats

Attorney Michael Avenatti delivers remarks in front of federal court after his initial appearance in an extortion case Monday, March 25, 2019, in New York. Avenatti was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
March 26, 2019 - 7:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti came out swinging Tuesday against Nike, accusing the shoemaker of "rampant" corruption mere hours after he was released from U.S. custody on charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from the company. In a string of posts on Twitter — a medium he often...
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File - This Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 file photo shows attorney Mark Geragos talking to the media during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. CNN has cut ties with Mark Geragos just hours after the celebrity attorney was named as a co-conspirator in a case accusing lawyer Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike. A CNN representative confirmed Monday, March 25, 2019, that Geragos is no longer a contributor to the network but didn't specify why. His name is no longer listed on CNN's website as a legal analyst. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
March 25, 2019 - 9:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorney Mark Geragos has had a long career representing high-profile clients including Michael Jackson, Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollett. Now he might need a defense attorney himself after being named Monday in a case accusing lawyer Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti speaks to the media outside the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge. U.S. prosecutors announced Monday, March 25, 2019 they have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)
March 25, 2019 - 8:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad...
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Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a chart during a press conference, outlining details that lead to extortion charges for attorney Michael Avenatti, on Monday March 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 25, 2019 - 8:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti says he is confident he will be "fully exonerated" of federal extortion and bank and wire fraud charges. He told reporters late Monday he will "never stop...
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The U.S Capitol is seen at sunrise, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Washington. The special counsel's report on how the Russians tried to influence the 2016 presidential election and any involvement with the Trump campaign is being boiled down to a summary of key findings. That summary is expected to be released to Congress and the public sometime Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 24, 2019 - 10:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For many Democrats, Robert Mueller's investigation has long stood as their best, last chance to take down President Donald Trump before the next election. The summary of Mueller's report released on Sunday not only lacked that punch, it now forces a moment of reckoning over how...
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The body of one of three victims is covered with a white sheet as it lies next to a tram after a shooting incident in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday, March 18, 2019. A gunman killed three people and wounded nine others on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, sparking a manhunt that saw heavily armed officers with sniffer dogs zero in on an apartment building close to the shooting. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
March 21, 2019 - 7:47 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly tram shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht will be charged with offenses including multiple murder or manslaughter with a terrorist intent, prosecutors said Thursday. Investigations so far into Monday's shooting that left three dead and...
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Police work near the scene where an alleged leader of the Gambino crime family was shot and killed in the Staten Island borough of New York, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
March 14, 2019 - 7:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti. Police said Thursday they were...
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This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 photo shows Mary Tromblee in the office of the Solomon Law Firm in Albany, N.Y. Tromblee, a nurse for the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, is one of three women working in a small upstate office for the disabled who says they complained for years about sexual harassment by a male co-worker before anything was done. The women told The Associated Press that the man groped them, exposed himself and called them vile names, but it wasn't until he threatened to sexually assault one of the women that he was charged with harassment. (AP Photo/David Klepper)
March 01, 2019 - 5:18 pm
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — One woman says a male co-worker at her state job grabbed her head and forced it between his legs. Another woman says the same man exposed his penis to her while she worked in her cubicle. A third says the man pulled her into a small room, unzipped his pants and said, "Why...
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Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse faces his first night in custody following a sentencing hearing on Wednesday that will decide his punishment for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
February 28, 2019 - 7:53 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian state prosecutor has sent letters threatening to charge media organizations and dozens of journalists with breaching a gag order that banned reporting of Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges of sexually molesting two choirboys, lawyers said...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York. An attorney for the head of the National Enquirer’s parent company says the tabloid didn’t commit extortion or blackmail by threatening to publish Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ explicit photos. Elkan Abramowitz represents American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker. He defended the tabloid’s practice as a “negotiation” in an interview Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, with ABC News. (Marion Curtis via AP, File)
February 10, 2019 - 8:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday. Elkan Abromowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David...
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