Avenatti trial date set for Stormy Daniels case

Avenatti trial date set for Stormy Daniels case
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Michael Avenatti, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels's former attorney, will appear in Manhattan court in April to face charges that he swindled Daniels out of $300,000, The Washington Post reports.

U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts on Tuesday set an April 21 trial date.

Avenatti has denied the accusation that he defrauded his star client out of $300,000 owed to her for a book deal.

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The embattled lawyer has also been charged in New York with attempting to extort $25 million from Nike. In Los Angeles, he's been charged with defrauding clients out of millions of dollars.

Avenatti has denied these charges too.

Dean Steward, Avenatti's lawyer, informed Batts that he's requesting dismissal of the case and filing a “vindictive prosecution” motion.

Outside the courtroom, Avenatti lashed out at President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE, dubbing him the "biggest criminal in America."