Michael Avenatti, the brash one-time anti-Trump darling of CNN, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for bilking clients out of millions of dollars.
The sentence will run consecutively to the five-year term he is currently serving for an attempt to extort Nike and cheating porn actress Stormy Daniels out of proceeds from a book contract.
In addition to the latest prison sentence, Avenatti is being forced to pay his victims $7 million in restitution.
“I am deeply remorseful and contrite,” the disgraced lawyer said prior to his sentencing.
“There is no doubt that all of them deserve much better, and I hope that someday they will accept my apologies and find it in their heart to forgive me.”
Quite the different tune from his former braggadocio!
Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented Stormy Daniels in litigation against Donald Trump, was sentenced to 14 years in prison after admitting to cheating four other clients, including a paraplegic, out of millions of dollars https://t.co/4h1F3pYIYF pic.twitter.com/9bZF3hXJxF
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 6, 2022
Avenatti’s Latest Prison Sentence Caps a Stunning Fall From Grace
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Michael Avenatti rose to prominence representing Daniels in lawsuits against former President Donald Trump, which in retrospect seems to be the only qualification for having been taken seriously by the media.
He was their dream foil to Trump.
His cockiness made him a frequent guest on left-wing media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, and his prominent on-air presence led Avenatti to flirt with his own White House run.
Fake News personalities even presented him a legitimate contender.
The latest news cycles, however, have not been very kind to him.
Michael Avenatti is crying in the courtroom during his speech before sentencing.
— Jerry Christmas 🎅🏼🎄 (@JerryDunleavy) July 8, 2021
“Everyone wants to ride in a limo with you, but very few are willing to sit next to you on the bus. Even fewer, your honor, are willing to take your calls from prison,” lamented a sad Avenatti.
Prior to that, his bid to be sentenced remotely was denied by a judge, prompting Daniels to taunt him saying, “See ya there, bitch!”
See ya there, bitch!… except I’m flying in first class. Buwahaha https://t.co/mg5ybm3xGD
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) May 11, 2022
The Media Adored Him
Aside from being hailed a hero by the resistance for potentially taking down Trump, Avenatti also meddled in other political affairs, famously introducing a third alleged victim during the eventual confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Julie Swetnick made claims that Kavanaugh was present when women were drugged and gang-raped at house parties. But she couldn’t get her story straight from the get-go, and the charade quickly fell apart.
For his efforts, Avenatti and his client were referred for a criminal investigation for allegedly providing false statements, obstructing congressional investigations, and conspiracy.
Just another fraud perpetrated by the bottom-feeding lawyer.
Avenatti got sentenced to more prison time.
You know what that means 🎥:
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) December 5, 2022
Avenatti was an almost-daily guest on mainstream media outlets as they viewed him as the best hope to match Trump’s bravado during his term as President.
He was even spotted living it up at a “soirée” with anchors and contributors at CNN.
Liberal comedian Bill Maher introduced him as Trump’s “worst nightmare” and said he was a “folk hero” to people who believed he could get Trump impeached or, preferably in their eyes, indicted.
CNN’s Brian Stelter lauded Avenatti, saying he was taking him “seriously as a contender” for the presidency.
Some in the media even labeled him the “savior of the Republic” and likened him to the Holy Spirit.
Since Michael Avenatti has been sentenced to 14 more years in jail, I am once again obligated to remind the internet of the time Ana Navarro compared him to the Holy Spirit.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 5, 2022
Too bad, CNN. You’ll have to find a new hero.
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