Two famous lawyers involved in the ongoing legal issues of singer R. Kelly and actor Jussie Smollett have some serious issues of their own to deal with now.
Earlier today, Michael Avenatti was charged with trying to extort $25 million from Nike by threatening to publicize negative information he supposedly uncovered.
The lawyer, who is currently representing several alleged victims of R. Kelly, was collared today at a law office in Manhattan.
The feds say Avenatti was planning to expose Nike, over claims their employees were paying off some of the top high school basketball players in the United States.
Additionally, Michael Avenatti is also accused of embezzling money from one of his clients and defrauding a bank in Mississippi.
Details in the case are still unfolding, but reports say one of Michael Avenatti’s co-conspirators is famed attorney Mark Geragos, who was represented many celebrities over the years, including Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and most recently, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Jussie is facing 16 felony counts for allegedly orchestrating his own beatdown and then reporting the incident as a hate crime, when he really allegedly paid two Nigerian brothers to accost him on January 29.
Jussie is defending himself in court with the services of Mark Geragos, who was hired by the actor last month.
Mark Geragos, who has not been charged yet, has declined to comment, but he has already lawyered up and he is currently being repped by power attorney, Benjamin Brafman.