Stephanie Clifford (Stormy Daniels)

Timeline: The rise and fall of Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels.
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Attorney Michael Avenatti was at one point considered to be a rising Democratic star — one who was even contemplating a 2020 run after positioning himself as a champion of women’s rights and an outspoken foil to President Trump.

What's new: Avenatti is being sued for at least $9.5 million by a former client — a man who is paralyzed and claims the attorney siphoned $4 million from a settlement he had won. The claims underlying the suit are tied up in a federal prosecutors’ criminal case against Avenatti, over various matters in California and New York.

Michael Avenatti indicted for allegedly defrauding Stormy Daniels

Michael avenatti in a suit
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Federal prosecutors in New York have indicted lawyer Michael Avenatti with more financial crimes on Wednesday, including misappropriating money intended for his former client Stormy Daniels.

The backdrop: Avenatti has been charged in several states, including 36 charges from federal prosecutors in California for fraud, perjury, tax evasion, embezzlement and other financial crimes. The 2 new indictments were filed in Manhattan, and include a set of charges related to his alleged attempts to extort $20 million from Nike.