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Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

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Michael Avenatti

June 18, 2019 01:52 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

The Nov. 12 trial date was set Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan.

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Avenatti participated by telephone. Afterward, he said in a statement he looks forward to a jury exonerating him.

A Tuesday hearing scheduled over allegations he defrauded porn star Stormy Daniels was postponed.

Avenatti was charged in March with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike, the sportswear company.

Avenatti gained fame representing Daniels over a nondisclosure deal regarding an alleged affair with President Donald Trump.

He also faces federal fraud charges in California.

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This story has been corrected to say Avenatti was charged in March, not April.

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