In a statement, Nike said, "Nike will not be blackmailed or hide information that is relevant to a government investigation."
Company said. "When Nike became aware of the matter, Nike immediately reported it to the prosecutors, and when Mr. Avenatti attempted to blackmail Nike on the matter, Nike backed the assistance of an outside lawyer from Boies Schiller Flexner."
"Nike strongly believes in ethical and fair play, both in business and sports, and will continue to assist prosecutors, with the White House not commenting on this immediately.
But Trump's reelection manager Brad Parscale wrote a clue on the arrest of Avenatti and on the publication of a summary of the investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Müller, which did not result in criminal charges against the President.
In the state of Los Angeles, Avenatti is accused in a 197-page complaint to have negotiated a settlement in the amount of $ 1.6 million for a client in a civil lawsuit, but then given the client "a fake settlement agreement with a false date of payment was March 10, 2018."
The US Los Angeles law firm said, "Avenatti abused his client's liquidation fee used it to spend on its coffee business, Global Baristas US LLC, which operated Tully's Coffee Stores in California and Washington and its own outlets. "
" When the forgery period expired in March 2018 and the customer had asked for the money, Avenatti hid that the payment had already been received, "the prosecutor said.
" Mr. Avenatti faces serious criminal charges that he abused client funds for his personal use, and he cheated on a bank by filing false tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in credit, "said US attorney Nick Hanna.
Hannas The office said Avenatti allegedly cheated a bank in Mississippi by providing the bank with false tax returns to obtain three loans totaling $ 4.1 million in 2014 for its law firm and coffee business, "the prosecution said. The counterfeit returns stated that he earned $ 4.562,881 in adjusted gross income in 2011, $ 5,423,099 in 2012 and $ 4,082,803 in 2013, of $ 1.6 million in estimated tax payments to the IRS in 2012 and paid $ 1.25 million in 2013. "
" In reality, Avenatti never has personal income tax returns for 2011, 2012, and 2 012 filed in 2013 and made no estimated tax payments in 2012 and 2013, "said Hanna's office.
"Instead of the millions of dollars that he allegedly paid in taxes, Avenatti still owed the IRS $ 850,438 in unpaid personal income tax plus interest and penalties for the 2009 and 2010 tax years. Avenatti also filed a notional tax return for the law firm Partnership, "the investigators said.
US lawyer for Los Angeles Nicola Hanna said: "On his Twitter account, Mr. Avenatti describes himself as a" lawyer, solicitor, fighter for good. "However, the allegations in this case describe something else: A corrupt lawyer who instead advocates for his own selfish interests are struggling by abusing nearly $ 1 million, which rightfully belongs to one of his clients. "
Read the criminal complaint in New York against Michael Avenatti: