Michael Avenatti Wants a New Trial Because Ex-Employee Who Testified Against Him Feared Winding Up ‘Like a Clinton Witness’

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti’s latest bid for a new trial puts a new spin on the fallen lawyer’s former slogan “Fight Club.”

Slated to be sentenced on Friday for extorting Nike, Avenatti now claims that he deserves a new trial because prosecutors did not disclose the fact that one of the key witnesses against him at his original trial feared for her life. That’s because — according to Avenatti — she read a “decades-old conspiracy theory” about Bill and Hillary Clinton. The witness, Judy Regnier, was a former office manager at Avenatti’s law firm, and prosecutors called her to establish a financial motive to shake down the sportswear giant.

Just two weeks before Avenatti’s trial, Regnier told an
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