“I AM NERVOUS..I’M SCARED” – Michael Avenatti Reacts After Being Arrested On Federal Charges
By CBS News // March 26, 2019
ABOVE VIDEO: In an interview with “CBS This Morning” airing Wednesday, attorney Michael Avenatti said he is “nervous” and “scared” about the federal charges he’s facing. “I’m nervous. I’m scared. I’m all of those things, and if I wasn’t it wouldn’t make a lot of sense,” Avenatti said.
(CBS NEWS) – In his first interview since he was arrested on federal charges fraud and extortion, Michael Avenatti said he is “concerned” about the prospect of prison time.
“Of course I’m nervous,” Avenatti said in an interview with correspondent Jericka Duncan airing on “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.” “I am nervous. I’m concerned. I’m scared. I feel terrible for my family. I feel bad for my friends.”
Avenatti was arrested and charged by federal prosecutors in New York after allegedly trying to extort Nike for millions of dollars by threatening to release damaging information about the company. In a separate case, federal prosecutors in California charged him with wire and bank fraud for allegedly lying to a client about a settlement payment and using bogus tax returns to obtain bank loans.
“Most people are sticking by me. They believe in me. They know what I’m all about,” Avenatti said in Tuesday’s interview. “So I’ve been very fortunate in that regard. But sure, I’m nervous. I’m scared. I’m all those things. And if I wasn’t, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense.”
Avenatti was released on $300,000 bond on Monday and ordered to surrender his passport. He is due back in court in April, both in California and New York.
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