/Attorney Avenatti Charged With Extortion Over Alleged Threats to Nike

Attorney Avenatti Charged With Extortion Over Alleged Threats to Nike

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who seized the spotlight last year as a lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, was charged Monday with attempting to extort Nike Inc. for more than $20 million.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Mr. Avenatti told lawyers for Nike that he and an unnamed co-conspirator would release damaging information about the company if Nike lawyers didn’t make millions of dollars in payments, according to a complaint unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court.