Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested Tuesday by federal authorities in Los Angeles, California on allegations that he violated bail, according to a court filing.
The prosecutors said in a one-page letter to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe that they were told by prosecutors in Los Angeles that an arrest warrant had been issued and it was expected Avenatti would be arrested soon.
“We understand that has now occurred,” the New York prosecutors said in the letter.
“We are still gathering information and will provide an update to the Court as soon as we can,” the letter added. The letter was submitted by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman and signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Richenthal. Three other prosecutors were also listed.
“I understand that Mr. Avenatti has been arrested by the federal authorities for violating the terms of his release,” said lawyer Steven Bledsoe told the Daily Beast.
The development comes as the former Resistance paragon was slated to appear in a Manhattan federal court as part of a case in which he is accused of attempting to extort Nike for up to $25 million. Avenatti pleaded not guilty in the case last year and has claimed the Department of Justice has unjustly targeted him because of his opposition to President Donald Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.