Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty Tuesday to by using her forged signature to divert two advance payments for her memoir.
Avenatti, 48, appeared in Manhattan federal court for the first of involving the Daniels case and another in which he’s accused of trying to .
Avenatti — who surrendered to the feds shortly before 7 a.m. and was brought into court without handcuffs — was represented at his arraignment by a federal defender, Sylvie Levine, who said she wouldn’t be handling his case further.
Levine said Avenatti had yet to submit a financial affidavit to the court, saying, “We’re going to have to figure that all out after this proceeding.”
Asked by Magistrate Judge James Cott if it was his plan to hire private counsel, Avenatti responded, “It is, your honor.”
Cott allowed Avenatti to remain free on the $300,000 bond he posted.
Cott also barred Avenatti from ing Daniels except through her lawyer, and said he can’t travel beyond his hometown of Los Angeles and New York City without alerting authorities ahead of time.
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Avenatti shot to fame last year while representing Daniels in connection with her claims of a 2006 affair with President Trump.
He’s charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in the alleged misappropriation of the advance payments for Daniels’ memoir, “,” which he allegedly used for “his own purposes,” including making a lease payment on a Ferrari “and to pay for hotels, airfare, meals, car services and dry cleaning.”
Avenatti used cash from “another source” to give Daniels half the money he stole, according to the feds.
In addition to the separate indictments handed up against him in the Big Apple, Avenatti faces federal prosecution in California for allegedly stealing from five other clients, scamming bank loans, evading taxes and lying during a bankruptcy proceeding.
He maintains his innocence and has vowed to take all the cases to trial.