FILE PHOTO: Lawyer Michael Avenatti in New York, New York, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
(Reuters) – Authorities were expected on Thursday to announce Michael Avenatti’s indictment by a federal grand jury in California on 36 criminal counts, officials said, just weeks after the attorney was hit with separate criminal complaints in New York and Los Angeles.
Avenatti, best known for representing pornographic film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, has proclaimed his innocence.
Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Internal Revenue Service were due to announce the new grand jury indictment at 9 a.m. PDT (1600 GMT) in Los Angeles, according to a news release.
“I intend to fully fight all charges and plead NOT GUILTY.