"I became humble, I was significantly humiliated, there were many highs and lows, and frankly, I tried not to get too high," said Avenatti's detailed interview with CNN. "Sometimes I failed, but I tried not to get too high, and I'm trying not to get too low at the moment."
Just like his highs, his lows came from coast to coast in rapid succession. US law firms in the Southern District of New York and the Central District of California accused him of a plethora of financial crimes that could result in more than 300 years of potential prison sentences, including Nike's blackmail and 36 criminal charges for alleged financial crimes. He has denied the allegations.
"I'm a fighter, I've always been a fighter, and I'm assuming that there's a lot of evidence and a lot of facts that will come out Maybe the view that people are just one side of the story changes We do not condemn people after hearing only one side of the story, "he said.
Avenatti's careless style catapulted him into the limelight. His constant legal maneuvers and his medial sense kept him there. His entry into American consciousness began with a lawsuit. He represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who sued President Donald Trump and the Shell law firm founded by President Michael Cohen's personal lawyer.
Whether in a courtroom or in a television studio, the defeat of concessions is not in the wheelhouse of Avenatti, but his present situation is still far from a few months when he began exploring and running a run for the Democratic presidential nomination Fundraising talk across the nation.
During the interview, tears began to form at the corners of his eyes as he began to think about what he had and what he had to lose.
"It's about the journey and whatever happened, um, I had a tremendous life, I had many choices that many people could only dream of, I've done many things about mine never the opportunity, "said Avenatti.
Then he responded to the possibility of imprisonment.
"If I were not afraid, something would be fundamentally wrong for me as a human, as a human."
How We Got Here
The fall of Daniel involved a non-degraded deal signed the day before the 201
"Stormy initially wanted to be dismissed from the NDA case in a larger sense," Avenatti said. "I saw the case when Donald Trump and Michael Cohen manipulated the 2016 elections by hushing up his relationship with Stormy Daniels, and I recognized the campaign finance violations on my first meeting with Stormy Daniels."
The day after Avenatti filed suit against Daniels, he was under her legal name, Stephanie Clifford, in an uninterrupted loop of television, newspaper and magazine interviews.
"I expected to spend a maximum of three days in New York in connection with the case, leaving New York three weeks later," Avenatti said. "So that was a lot bigger than I ever expected, it was a huge financial burden and there's no question about that."
In the many months in which Avenatti played against the President and Cohen, Avenatti's opponents noted in attitude with sarcasm and contempt.
"Clifford's lawyer would claim victory if hit by a bus," Cohen's attorney Brent Blakely said after a judge finally dismissed Daniel's case against his client.
But Avenatti was not interested It's about leaving the fight. He continued his zealous defense of his client. After months in which he questioned Cohen's involvement in the Silence Agreement, there was a major break in the case. The FBI raided Cohen's office and home.
It turned out that the southern district of New York had investigated the financial affairs of Cohen after the case had been referred to him by Special Prosecutor Robert Müller. Cohen eventually admitted nine criminal charges, including a lie to Congress. He is due to appear in jail next month.
Avenatti and Daniels had their "I told you".
"SDNY deserves credit for the work they've done, others deserve recognition, but did I have a hand in it? A significant hand, no question," said Avenatti.
Daniels and Avenatti split up. It was friendly But then came his arrest and Daniels tweeted that she was "sad but not shocked" and accused Avenatti of treating her "extremely dishonest". 19659002 19459004 Blackmail and Fraud Allegations 19459005 The Southern District of New York, however, is now starting on Avenatti. In a case in which Nike is involved, he is charged with blackmail.
The lawsuit alleges that Avenatti is threatening public accusations of college recruitment when Nike failed to meet his demands: $ 1.5 million for his client, $ 15 million to $ 25 million for him and his co-workers – take office for an internal investigation or a payment of $ 22.5 million and no investigation.
Instead of making a deal, Nike called the FBI and said it was being blackmailed, and the FBI began recording the meetings.
Avenatti vehemently denies the charges against him.
He is still accusing Nike of bribing the recruitment process of college basketball by bribing amateur players to Nike Sponsored Schools. Nike will not respond to allegations by a federal government of fraud and extortion, and Nike will continue its cooperation with the government's investigation into grassroots basketball and the associated blackmail case.
For the past ten years, Avenatti has seemed to have met his goals. He lived a lifestyle of the rich and famous, racing cars, bought a coffee chain, wore Tom Ford suits and chic watches.
But prosecutors in California say that at least part of his lifestyle has been fueled by fraud.
And now he faces a new, much darker perspective: the potential of jail time In California, the federal charges against him include failure to file taxes, taxes to pay, steal from five customers, and cheat a bank.
"This indictment contains many things. Many, many, many things I disagree, "said Avenatti," and I have nearly 20 years of experience as a lawyer fighting David against Goliath. I have over $ 1 billion in judgments and settlements. I've got thousands of clients who are incredibly thankful for my work and the work I have "."
asked for irony that he was now facing more attacks than his favorite target, Cohen. Avenatti missed no blow.
"The difference is that Michael Cohen was convicted, I was not," he said.
But when he began reporting on his life and life's work, his eyes reddened again.
"I can not let it eat me up, because otherwise I might as well, I guess, crawling into a fetal position and wither," he said, "and I'm not going out and I'm not planning on to go out – point. "