pcloudy.png
Tuesday July 5th, 2022 6:08PM

Avenatti, facing sentencing, apologizes to Stormy Daniels

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Convicted California lawyer Michael Avenatti wants leniency at sentencing for defrauding former client Stormy Daniels of hundreds of thousands of dollars, his lawyers say, citing a letter in which he told Daniels: “I am truly sorry.”

The emailed letter, dated May 13, was included in a submission his lawyers made late Thursday in Manhattan federal court in advance of a June 2 sentencing.

Avenatti, 51, should face no more than three years in prison for his latest conviction, or 4 1/2 years in all, because two convictions have destroyed his life, the lawyers said.

“This sobering reality is as sufficient and powerful a punishment and deterrence as any. Worse, Mr. Avenatti’s extreme rise and fall played out on the most public of platforms, an experience he is unlikely to ever recover from reputationally,” they said.

Last year, Avenatti was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to tarnish its reputation with claims that the sportswear giant was immersed in a college basketball recruiting scandal in which cash payouts were used to steer top-tier athletes to the best programs.

Then he was convicted by a jury this year for pocketing up to $300,000 of an $800,000 payout to Daniels for her autobiography, spending some of the money on his firm's payroll and personal expenses.

Insisting on representing himself just before Daniels was to testify, Avenatti forced his lawyers to take a back seat as he confronted his former client over advances she received for her book, “Full Disclosure,” published in fall 2018.

He tried to justify taking some book proceeds by citing other legal quests he took on for Daniels as he was litigating lawsuits brought on her behalf to negate the effects of a $130,000 payment she said she received in 2016 from Donald Trump's personal lawyer to remain silent about a tryst a decade earlier that Trump has denied. Shortly after the payment, Trump won the presidency.

In the presentence submission, Avenatti's lawyers noted that they had included a letter of apology that their client sent Daniels a week ago.

Included as an exhibit, the letter said he had reflected over the past several months about his life, their friendship and his legal representation of her.

“It is obvious that I failed you in many respects and that I disappointed you and let you down in multiple ways,” he wrote. “I wish that we could turn back the clock so that the mistakes I made would never be repeated. I am truly sorry.”

In citing the letter, Avenatti's lawyers also wrote: “Mr. Avenatti understands that some may view his remorse as too little too late, and that the Court may look skeptically on his contrition given the way in which Mr. Avenatti’s trial transpired. Nevertheless, Mr. Avenatti is genuinely remorseful, especially for the pain his actions have caused his family and close friends.”

They also noted that Avenatti wants treatment for alcohol use and to engage in therapeutic counseling services.

Prosecutors will file their own sentencing recommendations this month.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, College Sports, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Veteran Miami DEA agents charged in bribery conspiracy
A current U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a former supervisor in the agency were charged Friday with leaking confidential law enforcement information to narco defense lawyers in Miami in exchange for $70,000 in cash
3:38PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Live updates | Russia claims full control of Mariupol
Russia’s defense chief says the country’s forces have taken full control of the steel plant in Mariupol that was the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the city
3:27PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Russia claims to have taken full control of Mariupol
Russia claims to have captured Mariupol in what would be its biggest victory yet in its war with Ukraine, following a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoking ruin, with over 20,000 civilians feared dead
3:26PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Live updates | McIlroy, Tiger off in 2nd round of PGA
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have teed off along with Jordan Spieth in the second round of the PGA Championship
2:44PM ( 57 minutes ago )
'Squid Game' star Lee Jung-jae debuts as director in Cannes
Few actors know more about capturing the attention of the global audience than Korean star Lee Jung-jae of Netflix's “Squid Game.”
2:35PM ( 1 hour ago )
Rick Bowness won't return as coach of Dallas Stars
Rick Bowness will not return as the coach of the Dallas Stars
2:34PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Celtics roll past Heat 127-102, tie Eastern finals at 1-1
Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown each scored 24 and the Boston Celtics dominated the first half to roll past the Miami Heat 127-102 and tie the Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece
11:50PM ( 15 hours ago )
Rapper J. Cole to play pro basketball in Canada
Rapper J
10:32PM ( 17 hours ago )
Colton scores late, Lightning beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 2
Ross Colton scored with just under four seconds remaining, giving the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals
10:07PM ( 17 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
The AP Interview: New Pakistani FM seeks better ties with US
Pakistan's new foreign minister says his country has resumed engagement with the United States after years of strained relations under former Prime Minister Imran Khan
2:56PM ( 45 minutes ago )
US lawmakers urge binding vote on Puerto Rico status
A group of mostly Democratic congress members is proposing a binding plebiscite to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a state or gain some sort of independence
2:53PM ( 48 minutes ago )
Ginni Thomas' emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election
Newly discovered emails show that Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, was more deeply involved in baseless efforts to overturn the 2020 election than previously known
2:49PM ( 53 minutes ago )
AP National News
Mining companies back away from Brazil's Indigenous areas
Some of the world’s biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and repudiated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to legalize mining activity in the areas
12:45PM ( 2 hours ago )
Police: Chicago shooting leaves 2 people dead, 8 wounded
Authorities say two people are dead and another eight wounded following a shooting in downtown Chicago
10:04AM ( 5 hours ago )
'How dare you!': Grief, anger from Buffalo victims' kin
Relatives of the 10 Black people massacred in a Buffalo supermarket are pleading with the nation to confront and stop racist violence
8:41AM ( 7 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
Column: A wildly entertaining spat between 2 coaching stars
Why did they wait so long to allow college athletes to make a few bucks on the side
2:25AM ( 13 hours ago )
SEC star coaches spar over NIL compensation
The Southeastern Conference spring meetings will be held in person for the time since 2019 in a little less than two weeks
7:33PM ( 20 hours ago )
'We're done': A&M's Fisher fires back at 'narcissist' Saban
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is firing back at Alabama coach Nick Saban
3:38PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
Marketing deals trickle down from NCAA to high school sports
The ability of college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness has begun to trickle down to high schools
2:50AM ( 1 week ago )
As leaders lobby, NCAA searches for ways to rein in boosters
College sports leaders visited Capitol Hill, asking lawmakers to consider rules to govern name, image and likeness money for college athletes
7:56PM ( 2 weeks ago )
AP source: SEC, Pac-12 leaders to push for NIL law in DC
The commissioners of the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12 are scheduled to meet with lawmakers in Washington They will lobby for federal legislation to regulate name, image and likeness compensation to athletes
12:25AM ( 2 weeks ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Veteran Miami DEA agents charged in bribery conspiracy
A current U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a former supervisor in the agency were charged Friday with leaking confidential law enforcement information to narco defense lawyers in Miami in exchange for $70,000 in cash
3:38PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Live updates | Russia claims full control of Mariupol
Russia’s defense chief says the country’s forces have taken full control of the steel plant in Mariupol that was the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in the city
3:27PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Russia claims to have taken full control of Mariupol
Russia claims to have captured Mariupol in what would be its biggest victory yet in its war with Ukraine, following a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoking ruin, with over 20,000 civilians feared dead
3:26PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertain
Oklahoma is only days from enacting the toughest U.S. state ban on abortion and providers are preparing to stop terminating pregnancies
3:23PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Wimbledon's Russia ban prompts tours to cut ranking points
The women's and men’s professional tennis tours say they will not award ranking points for Wimbledon this year because of the All England Club’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine
3:03PM ( 38 minutes ago )