Michael Avenatti Wants Freeing from Prison 'Because Coronavirus' - Trump Drops Hammer
President weighs in on 'Creepy Porn Lawyer' losing bid to get out of jail early
Democrat and adult entertainment industry lawyer Michael Avenatti failed to convince a federal judge that he should be released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic, and President Donald Trump was all too willing to give his two cents on the "unfortunate" news.
Attorney Avenatti, aka "The Creepy Porn Lawyer," famously represented Trump accuser porn star Stormy Daniels and Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick.
At one point, Avenatti appeared on CNN and MSNBC to denounce Trump over 100 times in a span of about two months.
Last week, citing his supposed vulnerability to being infected with COVID-19, the disgraced lawyer asked a federal judge to release him from jail, where he is currently held while he awaits trial in New York.
Avenatti was convicted in February on extortion charges after the FBI recorded him trying to strong-arm Nike into paying him tens of millions of dollars.
The former Democratic presidential hopeful threatened to go public with, what he claimed, was damning evidence of illegal activity by the sportswear giant and has been in custody since January.
Prosecutors said Avenatti also hid $1 million from his creditors, violating federal and state laws.
Last Wednesday, Avenatti applied to the federal judge in Santa Ana for release on bail, according to The Daily Wire.
He is insisting that because of past complications and his current cellmate, he is especially vulnerable to the coronavirus while in custody.
“Avenatti’s attorney, Dean Steward, said his client contracted pneumonia around Christmas while he was out of custody, but he has since recovered,” the Orange County Register reported last week.
"Avenatti’s New York cellmate, however, has fallen ill and appeared to have symptoms similar to COVID-19, according to Steward, who said the man has not been tested as far as his client knows.”
"He’s more vulnerable than everybody else for that reason,” Steward insisted.
But as Gregg Jarrett on Sunday, Avenatti’s arguments fell on deaf ears.
"A federal judge in Santa Ana, California has rejected a plea from convicted lawyer Michael Avenatti to be released from jail because of the risk he could contract the coronavirus,” Jarrett’s outlet reports.
"The Court is mindful of the Covid 19 pandemic,” U.S. District Judge James V. Selna wrote.
"The Court accepts Avenatti’s showing that he had pneumonia about six months ago.
"However, there is no showing that his cellmate was infected by the virus, and there have been no reported cases of Covid 19 at the New York MCC.2 As the Government points out, much of Avenatti’s criticism about the facility relate to a different facility in Brooklyn.
"There is no basis to release Avenatti on medical grounds.”
"We are deeply disappointed,” Steward said Saturday in response to Judge Selna’s ruling.
President Trump, who was the main target of Avenatti’s attacks for several months at the height of the Stormy Daniels saga, commented on the Gregg Jarrett report early Wednesday with a heavy dose of sarcasm.
“Gee, that’s too bad. Such a fine guy,” wrote Trump.
“Presidential aspirations you know!”
Gee, that’s too bad. Such a fine guy. Presidential aspirations you know! https://t.co/MgOWgAzMxs— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2020
Empowered by months of glowing media coverage over his Daniels-based attacks on Trump, the disgraced attorney once threatened to face off against the president in the 2020 race, but his presidential aspirations were derailed when a series of accusations and financial and legal woes came to light.
The Nike extortion case, as well as various fraud accusations, put the final touches on the collapse of Avenatti’s career.