Michael Avenatti’s attempt to be convicted was remotely overruled; Stormy Daniels jokes, ‘See you over there, b—-!’

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A New York judge denied Michael Avenatti’s second request to be sentenced remotely on Wednesday after the former attorney was convicted of wire fraud and aggravated impersonation earlier this year for deceiving the adult actress Stormy Daniels on $300,000.

“In the opinion of the Court, the seriousness and importance of the sentencing process would be ill-served by remote proceedings,” District Judge Jesse Furman wrote, according to a filing obtained by Law.com. . “His desire to avoid being transported is not a valid reason to waive public in-person proceedings.”

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, stands with her attorney Michael Avenatti during a press conference in federal court in New York on April 16, 2018.
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Avenatti is scheduled to be sentenced on June 2 for the New York fraud conviction. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence, while wire fraud carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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A new trial in California federal court will begin in July for stealing nearly $10 million from five of his clients. A judge declared a mistrial in the California case last August, ruling that prosecutors had failed to turn over relevant financial evidence.

Former self-represented attorney Michael Avenatti cross-examines witness Stormy Daniels during his criminal trial at the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York, United States, January 27, 2022 , in this courtroom sketch.
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Former self-represented attorney Michael Avenatti cross-examines witness Stormy Daniels during his criminal trial at the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York, United States, January 27, 2022 , in this courtroom sketch.
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Avenatti had also already been convicted in February 2020 of trying to extort $25 million from Nike and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

It’s the latest twist in Avenatti’s downfall after he rose to fame, or infamous, portraying Stormy Daniels as she tried to walk away from a $130,000 deal to keep a quiet affair alleged with former President Trump, who denies the affair ever happened.

Daniels eventually discovered that Avenatti had pocketed part of his $800,000 book deal.

Former attorney Michael Avenatti walks out of a New York courthouse after a hearing on July 23, 2019 in New York City.

Former attorney Michael Avenatti walks out of a New York courthouse after a hearing on July 23, 2019 in New York City.
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Daniels had a straightforward response to Judge Furman’s refusal of Avenatti’s offer to be sentenced remotely, tweeting, “See you there, b—-! … except I’m flying first class. Buwahaha .”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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