Michael Avenatti Charged With Stealing From Stormy

Today's legal development goes a long way in explaining why Daniels, back in March, abruptly ended her professional relationship with Avenatti, saying he had "dealt with me extremely dishonestly."
Last August, Avenatti said he might make his own run at the White House.
Avenatti shot to fame representing the porn star who claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump years ago and was paid hush money prior to the presidential election.
Daniels eventually contacted her publisher directly about the money, and discovered Avenatti's rannygazoo, according to the indictment. But Avenatti insisted to her that the publisher had skipped those payments, the court docs claimed, using the money toward law firm payments, a lease payment on a Ferrari, dry cleaning, plane tickets, etc.
He also tweeted, “I was entitled to any monies retained per my agreement with the client. My agreement for representation and compensation included a percentage of any book proceeds.”” />
The latest charges were filed in the Southern District of New York, where Avenatti already has been accused of extortion targeting Nike.
A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted hot-shot attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, charging him with stealing about $300,000 of ex-client Stormy Daniels' advance on her book and using that money to pay employees of his law firm and his coffee business.
Avenatti became a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC and was such a hot commodity that, about this time last year, Morning Joe panelist Donny Donny Deutsch reported Avenatti was "already auditioning" for CNN chief Jeff Zucker and MSNBC president Phil Griffin while Avenatti himself told Vanity Fair that more than one network had approached him about doing a show.
She directly paid only $100.00 for all that she received. "She received millions of dollars worth of legal services and we spent huge sums in expenses. I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence” “No monies relating to Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled," Avenatti tweeted in anticipation of Wednesday's indictment.
Manhattan federal prosecutors charged Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen with campaign-finance violations for the hush-money payment. Cohen  pleaded guilty to that, and other crimes, and is in the slammer serving a three-year sentence, while Trump denies the alleged affair.
As Daniels' attorney, Avenatti helped negotiate a $800K advance for the book "Full Disclosure," published last September. According to the indictment, Avenatti allegedly told Daniels lit agent to send two payments to an account controlled by him, then forged her signature on a letter authorizing that payment.

Bill Maher On Mail Bomber: “Is It Okay To Call This One Deplorable?”

Then, noting that actor Robert De Niro also made the list: "Meryl Streep was snubbed."


"Or would that hurt Republicans' feelings?" “Is it okay to call this one deplorable?,” Maher asked during his opening monologue on tonight's Real Time With Bill Maher.
Maher's deplorable joke was topped by a well-delivered line from tonight's opening guest on the HBO show, adult film actress and Full Disclosure author Stormy Daniels. "I got the first package," she said, "and sadly mine went off."
"And we all know whose fault that is – Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton." "He lives with his mom and has no furniture," Maher said.
The mail bombings probably came too late in the week to make Maher's scripted New Rules segment though – his end-of-show bit focused this week on Halloween, politically correct and incorrect costumes and the October holiday's similarity to a certain caravan-inspired fear-mongering.
Daniels had been booked for tonight's show well before this week's series of mailed pipe bombs, but Maher found a parallel. Like those targeted by the bomber (Sayoc has been charged with five felonies), Daniels, said Maher, was targeted by Columbus, Ohio, police officers for arrest during a stripping gig last summer on a trumped-up human trafficking charge.
Let that one sink in.
The arrest of the Trump-supporting Sayoc handed Maher an early Christmas gift of monologue material.
Maher would eventually get to his annual gripe about politically correct (or not) Halloween costumes (watch that video bit above, and read about it below), but first he had some laughs to squeeze from that mail bomber – and there were more than might have been thought possible as early as yesterday.
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"That person was obviously gleeful to arrest you," Maher told Daniels, who went on to explain what "motorboating" means.
Check out Maher's Halloween treat in the video above.
And after listing the Democratic leaders who were sent suspicious packages: "Poor Tim Kaine is waiting at the mailbox. Bernie Sanders issued a statement – 'What am I, chopped liver?'"
nearly as quickly as his arrest today, but Bill Maher reached back a couple years for something a tad more classic. UPDATE, with New Rules Halloween video The hashtag "#MAGAbomber" came for Cesar Sayoc Jr.
31." "The single, over-arching message of Fox News," he said, is that "weirdos are coming for your sh*t. Well, that's what happens on Oct.