A judge has set an April date for Michael Avenatti to face trial on charges that he cheated ex-client Stormy Daniels out of proceeds from her book
NEW YORK — An April trial date was set Tuesday for Michael Avenatti to face charges that he cheated ex-client Stormy Daniels out of proceeds from her book.
Avenatti’s attacks on Trump were made after he sued the president over a payoff Daniels received to remain silent about her claims of a tryst with Trump before he became president. Trump has denied an affair occurred. The president was ordered to pay Daniels $44,100 in legal fees.
Prosecutors say Avenatti, 49, cheated Daniels out of $300,000 in proceeds from her 2018 book, “Full Disclosure.” Avenatti, who wrote the forward for the book, has pleaded not guilty.
The trial, projected to last two weeks, is now set to start more than a year after it was originally scheduled.
In February, he was convicted of trying to extort $25 million from Nike. He is scheduled to be sentenced in that case next month.
He also faces fraud charges in California, and two additional trials next year are scheduled.