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The prosecution in ‘s fraud trial has rested its case. <br>Among the final prosecution witnesses on Monday was Elizabeth Beier, an executive editor for ´2018 autobiography Full Disclosure.
On cross-examination by Avenatti, Beier said only about 40,000 copies of the book were sold, well short of the 150,000 the publisher had expected.<br>’We lost money on the book,’ she said.<br>Daniels claims Avenatti stole nearly $300,000 in book proceeds from her to pay employees at his debt-ridden law firm turkey firm and to cover personal expenses.<br>Avenatti, who is acting as his own attorney, has denied all claims and said he wants to call several witnesses to defend himself against wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. <br>It was unclear if he will testify himself.<br> The prosecution in Michael Avenatti’s fraud case rested its case Monday. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted<br> Avenatti is pictured left with Stormy Daniels in May 2018, before their professional relationship collapsed after she accused him of embezzling money she made of her 2018 memoir Full Disclosure (right)<br> The final prosecution witness on Monday was Elizabeth Beier, an executive editor for Stormy Daniels’ 2018 autobiography Full Disclosure<br> U.S.
District Court Judge Jesse Furman sent the jury home early on Monday so he could rule on several issues related to a defense case expected to begin Tuesday morning.<br>Taking the stand as prosecutors’ star witness in federal court in Manhattan, Daniels told the jury last week that she had hired Avenatti in early 2018 to represent her in her claims against former President Donald Trump.<br>Daniels wanted out of a nondisclosure deal with Trump so she could speak publicly about having a sexual tryst with him.
Trump has denied the claims.<br>Prosecutors say Avenatti ended up cheating the entertainer out of nearly $300,000 of her $800,000 publisher´s advance on her tell-all 2018 autobiography, ‘Full Disclosure.'<br>When Daniels was asked her reaction when she learned in February 2019 that payments from her publisher that were made months earlier had never been passed along to her, she said she was ‘very, very angry.
Shocked. Disbelief. Hurt, and I felt very betrayed and stupid.'<br>Avenatti quizzed Daniels for a second day Friday on a slew of topics including her apparent ability to communicate with the dead, her line of lube, as well as her previous comments about him being ‘raped’ in prison. <br>Daniels strode confidently into the federal courtroom in New York in an all-black getup, donning a black flowing blazer, blouse, pants and heels.<br>Sitting at the back of the courtroom was disbarred attorney Michael Cohen, who infamously paid Daniels $130,000 in 2016 on behalf of former client to keep quiet about their affair. Avenatti later represented Daniels in her fight to invalidate the terms of the non-disclosure agreement. <br>Cohen and Daniels – once adversaries – have since become friends as common foes of Avenatti. <br>During Avenatti’s muddled cross-examination, Cohen, 55, could be seen shaking his head, at one point uttering: ‘Awful questions.’ <br> Avenatti cross-examined his former client Stormy Daniels on day five of his wire fraud and aggravated identity theft trial<br> The California lawyer, who is representing himself against wire fraud and identity theft charges, quizzed Daniels for a second day Friday on a slew of topics including her apparent ability to communicate with the dead, her line of lube, as well as her previous comments about him being ‘raped’ in prison<br>Avenatti sought to discredit her by asking about statements she had made about him in a podcast in September 2019, after he stopped representing her. <br>He kicked off the exchange by referring to Daniels’s tweets about him, asking: ‘You said in prison there’ll be a long line of people to a**-rape me, didn’t you?'<br> Daniels claims she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006 – on the night this photo was taken – a year after he married third wife Melania.
Trump denies the claim <br>’I don’t remember,’ Daniels replied. <br>He continued: ‘You said it’s handy you have your own line of lube how because you can just bring me a gift basket in prison?’ Daniels replied: ‘I did, on Twitter.’ <br>Avenatti brought up when the host of the podcast said he wanted him to ‘f***ing suffer’, Daniels replied that she would ‘put tabasco sauce in the lube’.<br>Daniels said: ‘I probably said that’.<br>Avenatti asked about another podcast in July last year where she talked about Avenatti ‘dropping the soap’ in prison, a phrase referring to anal sex which Daniels replied was a ‘gay term.’ <br>Avenatti said that when the host said: ‘I hope he doesn’t drop anything’, Daniels replied: ‘I do.
Over and over’. Daniels confirmed she made those comments. <br>In one of many odd transitions, Avenatti then pivoted to asking Daniels about her ability to speak to the dead and her doll, in another attempt to discredit her. <br>The court heard that Daniels put out a January 2018 statement denying she had a relationship with Donald Trump and that she received hush money from him.<br>But Daniels admitted to the jury that the statement, which she put out at the request of Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, had ‘portions’ that were not true.<br>In fact Daniels did have sex with Trump and accepted $130,000 to keep quiet about it before the 2016 Presidential election.<br>In court Avenatti asked Daniels why she denied media reports in 2018 and said that she had a ‘romantic affair’ with the former President.<br>Daniels fired back: ‘It was not romantic.'<br>She insisted: ‘I did not have a relationship with Donald Trump.'<br>The jury heard that Daniels appeared on the TV show 60 Minutes in March 2018 where host Anderson Cooper asked her if her denials were lies.<br>Daniels told the court that she told Cooper: ‘I don’t consider getting cornered coming out of a bathroom to be an affair.'<br>Avenatti said: ‘What’s more important to you: being honest with this jury or being honest with Anderson Cooper?'<br>After an objection from the prosecution Judge Furman instructed Daniels not to answer.<br>Avenatti asked: ‘The fact of the matter is that consistently in your adult life when things mattered most you lied?'<br>The judge again told Daniels not to answer.<br>
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