“The Government respectfully writes to inform the Court that, late this afternoon, the Government was informed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (“USAO-CDCA”) that it had requested, on an ex parte basis, for the United States District Court for the Central District of California to issue an arrest warrant or an order to show cause with respect to potential violations of the conditions of pretrial release by defendant Michael Avenatti in connection with his case pending in that district,.” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman wrote in a one-page letter, sent to judge Paul G. Gardephe, obtained by TheWrap.
“A few minutes ago, the Government was advised by the USAO-CDCA that an arrest warrant had been issued, and that it expected the defendant to be arrested soon. We understand that that has now occurred. We are still gathering information and will provide an update to the Court as soon as we can.”
Representatives for Avenatti did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. Representatives for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California also did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.
Avenatti currently faces charges in both New York and California. In February 2019, the former attorney for Stormy Daniels was charged in a federal case in Los Angeles, in which he was accused of embezzling a client’s money “in order to pay his own expense and debts,” and of “defrauding a bank in Mississippi.” And in March 2019, Avenatti was arrested in Manhattan in March on charges that he tried to extort more than $20 million from Nike; that trial was scheduled to begin next week.
Avenatti has denied the accusations.