Michael Avenatti, known to many as Creepy Porn Lawyer, claimed his innocence in his first post to social media since his arrest on Monday.
Mark Geragos, the Smollett attorney and former CNN contributor, is reported to be the unnamed co-conspirator in Avenatti’s alleged $25 million extortion scheme. All charges were dropped in the case against Smollett earlier today.
Avenatti, the former personal attorney of pornographic film star Stormy Daniels was arrested on Monday and charged with four counts of extortion and related conspiracy counts, only hours after he posted his plans to reveal an alleged college and high school basketball scandal involving major athletic brand Nike in a press conference scheduled for Monday afternoon.
In his tweet, Avenatti thanked his supporters for their “kind words and support,” and said he is “anxious for people to see what really happened.” He maintained Nike’s guilt while defending his own innocence, and said the “public will learn the truth about Nike’s crime & coverup.”
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 26, 2019
It is believed he allegedly extorted Nike for $20 million in exchange for not moving forward with his press conference and lawsuit against the company, which led the Southern District of New York to investigate and eventually arrest Avenatti on these charges.
Nike has provided no public statement on Avenatti’s arrest or the veracity of his claims.
If found guilty, Avenatti could face up to 50 years in prison for his crimes, as Big League Politics reported earlier today.
Ironically, this comes after Avenatti spent months claiming he was going to personally end President Donald Trump’s time in office while representing Daniels, at one point claiming the president would be indicted by December 31, 2018.
Almost four months later, President Trump has been totally exonerated by the Mueller report, and Avenatti is facing a fight for his freedom.
Just ten months ago Avenatti was flying high as the Democrat media complex’s darling, giving daily interviews claiming that he would take down President Donald J. Trump.
“I believe that ultimately he will be forced to resign due to information that he’s — is going to come to light in connection with our case, as well as the raids by the FBI,” Avenatti told a panel on “CBS This Morning.” “We’re going to prove the details of this reimbursement. I think there’s going to be criminal liability, criminal exposure in how this payment was handled.”
He was referring to an alleged “hush money” payment made to Avenatti’s client Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. At the time, he was attempting to make the case that the alleged payment constituted a subversion of campaign finance law.
Big League Politics will continue to report on the criminal case against Avenatti, and his stunning reversal of fortunes.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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