Michael Avenatti Charged with Theft
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles lawyer Michael Avenatti was indicted Wednesday on charges of stealing from his former client Stormy Daniels by skimming money from her deal to write a memoir detailing her alleged sexual affair with Donald Trump.
It was the third time in two months that federal prosecutors have charged the celebrity attorney with criminal wrongdoing. Daniels is the sixth Avenatti client whom prosecutors say he defrauded.
A federal grand jury in New York accused Avenatti of forging Daniels’ signature on a document instructing her literary agent to wire her money to him.