Jury notes deadlock on 1st charge in Avenatti fraud trial

Feb 3, 2022, 9:49 AM | Updated: 10:18 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The jury deliberating the fate of Michael Avenatti on criminal charges that he ripped off his star client, Stormy Daniels, told a judge on Thursday that it is deadlocked on the first of two counts.

The jury note was read aloud by U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman a day after deliberations began. The jury had deliberated only about four hours before delivering the message in Manhattan federal court.

“We are unable to come to a consensus on Count One,” the jury note read. “What are our next steps.”

Lawyers on each side were discussing with the judge how to respond to the note, though Furman said he was inclined just to tell them to “keep at it.”

He instructed them to continue their deliberations, reminding the jurors of the commitment they made to work toward a verdict.

Count one was a wire fraud charge. The jury was also considering a second count, aggravated identity theft.

After the jury resumed deliberations, Avenatti told reporters: “The case isn’t as clear cut as the government wants everybody to believe.”

During the two-week trial, prosecutors said the California lawyer cheated Daniels of nearly $300,000 she was owed for her autobiography, spending it on his firm’s payroll and personal expenses.

Avenatti, representing himself, argued that he was owed the money and never thought it was wrong to take it.

Avenatti helped secure the book deal for Daniels in spring 2018, shortly after he began representing her in lawsuits meant to free her from the rules of a 2016 payment of $130,000 she had received from Donald Trump’s personal lawyer to remain silent about an alleged tryst a decade earlier with Trump.

The hush-money payment occurred just days before Trump was elected president. He has denied the claims by Daniels.

Avenatti used his heightened profile at the time to make frequent appearance on cable television news programs.

Daniels, a porn star and stripper who has also earned stage credits in two mainstream movies, testified during the trial that she never authorized Avenatti to pocket some of the $800,000 advance on her autobiography, “Full Disclosure,” which was published in the fall of 2018.

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Jury notes deadlock on 1st charge in Avenatti fraud trial