Anti-Trump Resistance attorney Michael Avenatti, also known as “Creepy Porn Lawyer (CPL),” has been sprung from jail due to “coronavirus fears,” CBS4 reported.
He was released from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan Friday morning.
“We’re really gratified that the judge took the action that he did. He recognized the seriousness of the situation. Unfortunately, there are a lot of courts across the country that have not. We’re fortunate,” said Avenatti’s attorney Dean Steward.
According to CBS4, “Judge James Selna ruled earlier this month that Avenatti must surrender to authorities and return to the jail after 90 days.”
The disgraced lawyer had reportedly been in quarantine for the past 14 days to ensure he had not contracted COVID-19. He will be residing at the home of a friend in Venice, California, where he must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and is not be allowed to use the internet. CPL was also required to post $1 million bond, CBS4 reported.
Avenatti is currently awaiting a June sentencing after being convicted of trying to extort millions from sportswear company Nike. He also faces criminal trials in New York for allegedly defrauding porn star Stormy Daniels.
Avenatti is also accused of stealing millions of dollars from five clients “using shell companies and bank accounts to cover up the theft,” according to a Santa Ana grand jury indictment .
Among the clients Avenatti allegedly cheated was Geoffrey Ernest Johnson, a mentally ill paraplegic on disability. In 2015, after Johnson won a $4 million lawsuit against Los Angeles County, the money was wired to Avenatti, who kept it for himself, according to the indictment.
After he won another case in 2017, Avenatti allegedly concealed $2.75 million in proceeds from that client’s settlement.
The corrupt attorney’s release from jail comes at a time when people across the country are being hassled by police for playing with their kids in empty playgrounds and fined for attending “Drive up” Easter services.