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Did Michael Avenatti Get Pranked?

And did believing a prank put his liberty at risk?

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Lawyer Michael Avenatti Arrested In New York For Nike Extortion
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, exits a New York court after being arrested for allegedly trying to extort Nike for up to $25 million on March 25, 2019 in New York City. Avenatti is also facing possible embezzlement charges in a separate case in California.
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Is it possible that Michael Avenatti fell for a hoax that ended up with him getting federal charges for extorting Nike?

Deadspin seems to think it is. Most interesting.

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