Michael Avenatti claims the only book he was allowed to read in prison was the 1987 memoir of his longtime foe Donald Trump Art of the Deal: Disgraded attorney is suing the Bureau of Prisons for $94 million for assault — $1 million for every day that he spent in solitude or locked up
- Michael Avenatti represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against former President Donald Trump
- Avenatti demands $94 million or $1 million for every day he says he spent in solitary confinement or lockdown
- He claims he was only allowed to read one book during his time in prison: Trump’s Art of the Deal
- Avenatti is confined to California pending trial
Michael Avenatti, the disgraced attorney known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against then-President Donald Trump, is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for allegedly assaulting him during his time in prison .
Avenatti is demanding $94 million, or $1 million for every day he claims he spent in solitary confinement or lockdown. He claims he was only allowed to read one book during his time in prison: Trump’s The Art of the Deal.
The judge who presided over Avenatti’s trial on charges of cheating porn star Stormy Daniels with the proceeds of a book deal warned prospective jurors Thursday that perjury charges could result if they fail to honestly fill out a written questionnaire after a recent verdict was jeopardized by a jury member. comments on his questionnaire.
Michael Avenatti (pictured), the disgraced attorney known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against then-President Donald Trump, is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons for allegedly assaulting him during his time in prison the prison.
U.S. district judge Jesse M. Furman called perjury when he launched jury selection for the trial of the once-high-profile California lawyer, who has already been convicted in a separate trial for extorting up to $25 million from sportswear giant Nike.
The jurors rose and were sworn in.
Oral questioning of potential jurors is scheduled for next week and opening statements by lawyers are scheduled for Jan. 24.
Avenatti, who is in a California residency awaiting trial, took part in a pre-trial conference by phone on Thursday before Furman left his courtroom with prosecutors and attorneys to explain the case to prospective jurors before filling out questionnaires.
Out of 90 questions, prospective judges were asked whether they had formed an opinion about Avenatti or Daniels based on everything they had heard or read about them.
Avenatti gained fame and political influence in 2018 when he represented Daniels in lawsuits against Trump and appeared regularly on cable television news programs.
At one point, he even speculated that he would become president himself.
Avenatti Claims He Was Only Allowed To Read One Book During His Time In Prison – Trump’s Art of the Deal
But months later, he was indicted in the New York and Los Angeles Nike case, where he was charged with defrauding customers for millions of dollars.
Avenatti was convicted in early 2020 and has yet to serve his 2 1/2 years in prison. His first trial in California ended in a mistrial.
Avenatti’s lawyers say he will likely testify at the Daniels trial, where he’s charged with cheating her out of several hundred thousand dollars. He has pleaded not guilty.
Furman noted the importance of answering questions honestly just a week after the conviction of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was called into question late last month.
The unidentified juror who spoke in several media interviews has appointed a lawyer to judge the case and lawyers from both sides are considering what to do.
The juror said in media interviews that he “flew through” the trial’s questionnaire and could not recall being asked if he had been a victim of sexual abuse.
He said he told the other jurors that he was sexually abused as a child, and he convinced other jurors that a victim’s imperfect memory of sexual abuse doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Defense lawyers say the comments warrant a new trial for Maxwell, 60, who was convicted of sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, among other charges. No penalty date has been set.
Furman also assured more than 100 potential jurors, spread across large courthouse conference rooms, that they could be chosen for a trial expected to last up to a month at a courthouse that has safely hosted more than 100 trials since the start of the pandemic. .
In an interview, Southern District Executive Edward Friedland said two federal courthouses in Manhattan have continued to function during the latest coronavirus as the omicron variant rampages across the country.
He cited the effectiveness of specially equipped courtrooms where witnesses and lawyers can speak without masks in clear boxes with air filters, and large courtrooms redesigned to serve as chambers for jurors to deliberate.
“We did 102 trials without any problem,” Friedland said. “We have had no spread of COVID during trials.”