Avenatti released on $300K bail and barred from contact with alleged co-conspirator Mark Geragos

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Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti has been released on $300,000 bail after he was charged with attempting to extort $25million from Nike, and has reportedly been barred from speaking to his alleged co-conspirator and celebrity attorney Mark Geragos who has represented Colin Kaepernick and is currently representing Jussie Smollett.

Avenatti was hit with the extortion charge in court papers filed earlier on Monday by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

Years - Prison - Cases - Disbarment - Lawyer

He faces almost 100 years in prison if convicted in both cases as well as possible disbarment as a lawyer.

The charges are the result of Avenatti's alleged attempt to receive millions in payments from Nike based on damning information obtained by his client, a college basketball coach.

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A second defendant is listed as a cooperating witness and not identified in the filings, though it is stated that he is a male and a lawyer who represents high profile clients.

A source who spoke with DailyMail.com said that the lawyer is Geragos, who has had a long career representing high-profile clients including Michael Jackson, Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollett.

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Now Geragos might need a defense attorney himself after being named in the case.

Geragos has yet to be charged with any crime but two people familiar with the investigation confirmed Monday that he is the unidentified co-conspirator in court papers charging Avenatti with attempting to shake down Nike for $25million by threatening the company with bad publicity.

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The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not made public by prosecutors.

Geragos, 61, didn't respond to requests for comment.

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For decades the media savvy attorney has defended headline-grabbing cases involving troubled Hollywood stars like Winona Ryder and Chris Brown and wife killer Scott Peterson.

A longtime CNN contributor, Geragos appeared on the network this month to discuss...
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