Michael Avenatti released from prison for fears of coronavirus

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Avenatti was released from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan around 11 a.m.ET, according to one of his lawyers, Dean Steward.

Avenatti must surrender to the authorities and return to prison after 90 days, said judge James Selna earlier this month when he acceded to the lawyer’s request for release.

“We are really pleased that the judge has taken the action he has taken. He recognized the gravity of the situation. Unfortunately, there are many courts across the country that have not done so. We’re lucky, ”Steward told CNN.

Avenatti has been quarantined for the past two weeks in prison to make sure there are no signs of the virus.

According to the judge’s order, a lawyer will escort Avenatti on a flight to California where he will serve 90 days of house arrest at his friend’s home in Venice, California.

Frequent use of Twitter, Avenatti will not be allowed to use the Internet and will have to wear a surveillance bracelet.

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The interim release came after Avenatti’s lawyers said he was at risk for coronavirus because he had pneumonia last year. Currently, one inmate and 31 staff have tested positive for the virus at MCC, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Avenatti has been detained at the MCC since January, when Selna revoked her bond noting that Avenatti had engaged in suspicious financial transactions.

Avenatti was convicted earlier this year for trying to extort more than $ 20 million from Nike. He was charged in two separate indictments with embezzling $ 300,000 from Daniels, who alleged an affair with Donald Trump, and with tax fraud and stealing millions of dollars from other clients. Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to these charges. Trump denied the affair.

Avenatti is expected to be sentenced for extortion in June. His lawyers asked the judge for a new trial.

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