Nike asked a judge to dam Michael Avenatti from having five of its sports marketing officers testify at his upcoming criminal trial, calling their testimony irrelevant to whether the California lawyer tried to extort the corporate.
In a Thursday filing in Manhattan federal courtroom, Nike called Avenatti’s commands for testimony from sports marketing chief John Slusher and others a part of an effort to “put the government’s and Nike’s policy on trial,” and distract peers from his conduct.
Avenatti became famous representing porn star Stormy Daniels and reprimanding U.S. President Donald Trump.
Prosecutors have accused Avenatti of demanding as much as $25 million from Nike in exchange for not announcing allegations it made improper payments to top college basketball recruits, and for being employed to conduct an internal inquiry of Nike.
Nike stated it “dedicated no crimes and fully cooperated,” and wouldn’t have hurried to notify prosecutors to the charges had there been a cover-up.
It further mentioned the Nike delegates by no means spoke with Avenatti, and all they might testify about was the Beaverton, Oregon-based firm’s actual conduct regarding amateur basketball.
The trial is scheduled for January 21 and will last three weeks.
Avenatti further faces felony charges in Manhattan that he cheated Daniels out of proceeds from a book deal, and in California that he duped clients out of millions of dollars.
Daniels alleged she had an affair with U.S. President Trump before he became U.S. president.