Michael Avenatti accused in a new filing With the Federal Bureau of Prisons that he endured “brutal” prison conditions in “retaliation” for criticizing former President Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr.
Why this matters: Avenatti, who gained notoriety as an attorney for adult film actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against former President Trump and later pleaded guilty to a Nike extortion case, is seeking $94 million in damages. law and crime, Barr told new York Times Avenatti’s claims were “ridiculous”.
Running news: Avenatti alleged in the filing that Trump was “fixed” on him and that in 2019 federal prosecutors “aggressively” pursued criminal cases against him in New York and California – where he is still dealing with clients’ money, including Daniels. He is facing charges of alleged embezzlement.
- According to the filing, he claims that he suffered “personal injuries, pain and suffering, severe mental anguish, emotional distress, resentment and embarrassment, fall” and other injuries because of his treatment.
zoom in: Avenatti says he spent about 94 days in solitary confinement or lockdown at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in 2020 and placed in a wing with terrorists instead of the general prison population as requested.
- He claims that when he asked for reading materials, he was given a book called: “Trump: The Art of the Deal.”
big picture: Avenatti was sentenced to 30 months in prison last July for trying to extort more than $20 million to Nike, but was later freed due to pandemic concerns and is currently at home in California. is imprisoned.
- He is appealing against his conviction and conviction in the case, cbs news notes,
For the record: Avenatti’s filing names Trump and Barr as “witnesses,” a first step toward a potential trial against the federal government.
- The Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice declined to comment on Avenatti’s claims. Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to Nerdshala’ request for comment.
Filing read, received by CBS News, via DocumentCloud:
remembrance: The Rise and Fall of Michael Avenatti