CNN abruptly dropped contributor Mark Geragos Monday afternoon after the analyst was named as a co-conspirator in fraud allegations against celebrity lawyer Michael Cohen.
“The co-conspirator charged along with Michael Avenatti in a $20 million extortion plot against Nike has been revealed to be longtime CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos. Geragos had recently represented former NFL player and Nike representative Colin Kaepernick, in the football player’s lawsuit against the NFL,” reports Mediate.
“The criminal defense attorney, who represented a number of notable figures including Empire‘s Jussie Smollett and former Congressman Gary Condit, was the co-conspirator referred to in the criminal complaint against Avenatti,” adds the report.
After being named as an alleged co-conspirator in the Michael Avenatti fraud case, Mark Geragos has been fired by @CNN https://t.co/ZPBw2L7raJ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 25, 2019
“They chose to work at Fox and they don’t get to hide behind the fact that they’re excellent journalists or anchors. The fact is they work at a place that has done tremendous damage to this country,” said CNN President Jeff Zucker just one week ago; referring to a handful of Fox News hosts and analysts.
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BREAKING NOW: Michael Avenatti Arrested for Alleged $20M Extortion Scheme Against Nike
Celebrity Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested Monday for an alleged $20 million extortion plot against clothing manufacturer Nike and is charged with committing bank and wire fraud charges surrounding the attempted scheme.
“Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti has been arrested on charges related to an alleged $20 million extortion of the athletic apparel company Nike, federal authorities in New York City said Monday,” reports CNBC.
JUST IN: Michael Avenatti charged with bank and wire fraud in alleged extortion attempt https://t.co/UP31tQaphT pic.twitter.com/ChaAdbSEc2
— The Hill (@thehill) March 25, 2019
BREAKING: Federal prosecutors in New York announce the arrest of Michael Avenatti on charges related to alleged $20 million extortion scheme targeting Nike. https://t.co/rAIUb7UPbf pic.twitter.com/aXbfTDBPrB
— ABC News (@ABC) March 25, 2019
“Avenatti also is charged in a separate federal case out of Los Angeles, where he is accused of embezzling a client’s money ‘in order to pay his own expense and debts,’ and of ‘defrauding a bank in Mississippi,’ prosecutors said,” adds the article.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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AVENATTI UPDATE: Michael Avenatti Speaks with Reporters after Arrest in LA
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti spoke with reporters Wednesday night after his sudden arrest on charges of ‘Felony Domestic Violence,’ saying he would “never strike a woman” and will be “fully exonerated” in time.
“I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing,” said Michael Avenatti Wednesday night after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence earlier in the day. https://t.co/WtVskGeTxu pic.twitter.com/p9lTq2BFIH
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2018
“I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue being an advocate. I’m not going to be intimidated from stopping what I’m doing,” said Avenatti.
“I’m the father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident I will be fully exonerated,” he added.