Former lawyer Michael Avenatti was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman sentenced Avenatti on Thursday for stealing from Daniels as the two attempted to sue former President Donald Trump.
Daniels and Avenatti sued the former president after they attempted to push a story that the former president had a relationship with Clifford.
Avenatti became a public figure due to the media attention the case received, putting a spotlight on some of his other business dealings that didn’t paint the attorney in the best light.
“Avenatti, who is serving a sentence of 2 1/2 years for his 2020 conviction for extortion and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort and wire fraud, could have 30 months of his four-year sentencing served concurrently with his current sentence, Furman said,” according to the Examiner.
The former attorney was convicted in February of defrauding Clifford, but pleaded not guilty at his trial and was permitted to represent himself in court.
Via the Examiner:
“Avenatti was found guilty in 2020 of attempting to extort Nike for up to $25 million and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.
“Avenatti represented himself for six weeks in an embezzlement case, which resulted in a mistrial last year after clients alleged he cheated them out of millions of dollars. Avenatti is awaiting a retrial.”
Avenatti was jailed in January of 2020 and has been on home confinement in California since April of 2020.