News & Opinion | May 23, 2019 10:18 am

Michael Avenatti Admits He “Flew Too Close to the Sun” in Trying to Gain Fame

The lawyer is now facing multiple lawsuits and charges of federal extortion

Michael Avenatti
Michael Avenatti is facing multiple charges of extortion. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/ Getty)
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Michael Avenatti said he saw an “opportunity” with Stormy Daniels’ case against President Trump to both raise the porn star’s public profile and do some serious damage against Trump.

“When I met with Stormy, I saw an avenue by which I could do collateral damage to Donald Trump and those around him for what appeared to me to be illegal conduct and rigging a presidential election,” Avenatti told Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair. “I saw that as an opportunity to do something that was just, that was right, and to basically go all in.

“She was known,” Avenatti said of Daniels, “as headlining the Make America Horny Again tour, and I took her to another level.”

Avenatti, who is now facing multiple lawsuits and charges of federal extortion after being arrested by the FBI in New York City’s new Hudson Yards shopping center in March for allegedly targeting Nike, said he knew that this leap into the spotlight would have both positive and negative consequences for his own life.

“Some would argue at this point that I flew too close to the sun,” he said. “As I sit here today, yes, absolutely, I know I did. No question. Icarus. [Everything was] unbelievably great,” Avenatti added, lamenting about the time he spent eating up all the attention he received pre-arrest.

“Now, there are days when I can’t believe what a nightmare this is.”

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