US lawyer Michael Avenatti has been charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels, the porn star he represented in a lawsuit in opposition to President Donald Trump, federal prosecutors say.
They mentioned Mr Avenatti, 48, took the cash Ms Daniels was speculated to get from a e-book deal.
The high-profile lawyer already faces a variety of fraud and embezzlement fees, together with accusations of making an attempt to extort Nike.
He has denied all of the allegations.
In line with the indictment introduced on Wednesday, Mr Avenatti is accused of utilizing “misrepresentations and a fraudulent doc purporting to bear his shopper’s identify and signature to persuade his shopper’s literary agent to divert cash owed to Avenatti’s shopper to an account managed by Avenatti”.
“Avenatti then spent the cash principally for his personal private and enterprise functions,” it provides.
It additionally revealed that he had been hit with extortion fees regarding the Nike case, introduced in March.
He has been accused of attempting to blackmail the worldwide sporting merchandise maker out of greater than $20m (£15m) by threatening to make use of his profile to inflict reputational hurt on the agency.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Avenatti mentioned: “No monies regarding Ms. Daniels had been ever misappropriated or mishandled. She acquired thousands and thousands of dollars value of authorized providers and we spent enormous sums in bills. She immediately paid solely $100.00 for all that she acquired. I look ahead to a jury listening to the proof.”
The lawyer previously represented Stormy Daniels, who was suing the president to get out of a non-disclosure settlement she signed earlier than the 2016 election. The non-disclosure settlement associated to an affair she mentioned she had with Mr Trump in 2006.
The president has denied having an affair.
The case was struck down by a US federal choose in March.