Michael Avenatti trial over Stormy Daniels book earnings set for April

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Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti is scheduled to go to trial April 26 for allegedly stealing $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels and forging her signature.

The date for the approximately two-week trial was set during a telephone hearing Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutors allege that Avenatti embezzled funds that the adult film actress earned from her memoir “Full Disclosure,” which includes passages about her alleged pre-White House affair with President Trump.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, left, said she was paid $130,000 by Michael Cohen in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with President Trump in 2006 in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election. (Reuters) 

Avenatti — who represented Daniels in a failed 2018 suit against Trump — allegedly blew the cash on personal expenses, including a lease payment on a Ferrari, hotels and dry cleaning, according to the indictment.

In a spectacular fall from grace, the former CNN pundit was convicted in February by a Manhattan federal jury of trying to extort nearly $25 million from Nike and is awaiting sentencing in the case.

Avenatti faces two separate California trials, one starting Feb. 23 and a second likely to begin in October, for allegedly stealing from other clients and committing bank and tax fraud.

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He has been riding out the pandemic in home detention in Venice, Calif., after he was sprung from federal lockup over fears he could contract COVID-19 while in custody.

He has denied all the charges against him.

This report originally appeared in the New York Post. 

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