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Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti is accused of stealing $2 million from an ex-girlfriend of NBA star Hassan Whiteside. The embattled attorney is accused of hiding $2 million intended for Whiteside's former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.

Avenatti was Gardner's lawyer when the actress and barista settled with the Miami Heat star to avoid a potential lawsuit.

According to the L.A. Times, the parties agreed to a $3 million payout, and Whiteside made an initial payment of $2.75 million.

Normally the money is placed in escrow which is maintained by Avenatti before funds are paid out to the plaintiff.

Avenatti was supposed to get $1 million in legal fees. But instead of issuing a $2 million check to Gardner, he spent the cash on a private jet for himself, according to documents obtained by the Times.

A federal grand jury returned a 36-count indictment against Avenatti following his arrest in New York City for attempting to shake down Nike.

The 36-count indictment spells out Avenatti's alleged financial crimes that involved stealing millions from his own clients.

He is also charged with evading $10 million in income taxes, bank fraud, perjury and bankruptcy fraud. If convicted, Avenatti faces life in prison.

Gardner told federal investigators that Avenatti and Whiteside agreed on a settlement more than two years after the end of their relationship.

She wanted to be paid for her time and support of the NBA star as he "pursued a career in the NBA."

Whiteside and Gardner never intended the legal settlement to go public.

"It's unfortunate that something that was meant to be kept private between us is now being publicly reported. We have both moved on amicably and wish nothing but the best for each other," Whiteside and Gardner said in a statement.

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  • QueDawg6

    Bwahhh now she gets nothing!!!

  • luVn_liFe…

    wooh! Avennati came for the establishment with dirty hands. They are going to have him under the jail cell.

  • chan chan

    Lawyer felt she deserved nothing ??? I’m speechless on this one ?


    Wow bigger story pro athlete paid a chick 2.5 million dollars she hit the lottery going with him that he wasn’t married to just to be his girlfriend..

  • Queen B

    Naw if i was her I'll be like "dont lock that mf'er up until i get my check" these crackas are so damn greedy smh enough is never enough

  • bella28498 .

    I'm just asking? Why was she owed money? I read this 2 times and I can't wrap my brain around why she was owed money.

  • Chhzz

    FUc' n with Trump got him in hot water.
    you all better be smart messing with people in high profile places...

  • RealATLPeach36

    Damn, did he NOT think she wanted her funds...

  • Frank Blunt

    Reference Mariah Carey: He wasted (NBA player) her time with POTENTIAL? until he dumped her AFTER he signed the contract.

  • Frank Blunt

    Dead momma and daddy and the trifling family member that was made an example out of NOT get in that ear???

  • Renee26

    Ok!!! He probably hit her... Black women get beat up by these mf and be lucky if charges are even pressed

  • SandraRose

    You didn't hear this from me. There are rappers and ball players, and at least one industry exec whom I personally know of, who like it when their wives/girlfriend forcefully penetrate them from behind with sex toys or other blunt objects. I'm not saying this is the case with Hassan. But these rappers and baller players will do anything to keep that information secret.

  • abby500

    Your response was hilarious. BUTT likely VERY true.

  • SandraRose

    You sound like you doubt my word.

  • Soon2BWife

    ? Auntie!!! I can.not today. ??

  • Seldomseen

    Damn lawyers get 33 percent

  • Li-Wright

    I was Team Avenatti until all this stuff went down. He must have been stressed and desperate to steal from his clients. I believe Stormy had funds "mangled" too, and that's why she dropped him.

  • Seldomseen

    Auntie you are too much

  • Li-Wright

    I believe it.

  • dontgetblocked

    That's exactly what happened!

  • PhillyFacts

    So they’re on the DL, but feel they’re straight because a woman’s doing the penetrating. ??????????

  • dontgetblocked

    This man is a criminal and a thief. His head got big and he went after President Trump. First the domestic violence charges and now this. Now, he could spend decades behind bars. Remember, this is the man who "discovered" the new R. Kelly tapes. I see those charges disappearing. The lesson here is men like President Trump have layers of protection and going after them is like committing suicide!

  • SandraRose

    Did you hear the Vlad interview with China Mac discussing down low men having sex in the shower in prisons? And they will cut a nig who calls them homosexuals.

  • samuel severino

    I could join you in writing an actual list of famous people that are in to this sexual behavior

  • SandraRose

    Go to any strip club in Atlanta and talk $$$ to the strippers. They will tell you which rappers and ball players take it from behind. It's an open secret. ?

  • Coy little wink

    5th paragraph should read "Avenatti was supposed to get 1 mil in legal fees" not Whiteside...

    I'm just smh at all the corruption being exposed 2019 did not come to play with you corrupt hoes ? he gave her only 750k? What a savage...

  • Coy little wink

    Yes hunny ? contingent fee

  • SandraRose

    Right. He "discovered" the tapes after meeting with Kim Foxx at the Chicago airport.

  • SandraRose

    Thank you, hun.

  • Coy little wink

    What do you mean forcefully penetrate? Like with no lube ?

  • SandraRose

    I guess they like it rough. ??

  • Coy little wink

    Auntie you are too much ?

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  • Peppermint Patty

    I am loving all these caucasoids getting arrested and put on blast. That is all

  • Rhyme and Reason

    “When you dig one hole, you better dig two!” This guy deserves a cover, for idiot of the decade!

    He’s ripped-off so many of his clients! He might end up doing more time than R. Kelly!

    “They” waited to bring charges against him, like a slow cooker!

    He came for Trump and the Nike, and was this dirty, DELUSIONAL!

  • Ebony Starr

    "It's unfortunate that something that was meant to be kept private between us is now being publicly reported.
    He paid 3 million to keep his "situation" quiet now everybody's ex girlfriend is going to be fi long lawsuits.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    I dont see the difference between him and Trump so why is he being treated so bad and Trump crimes are being ignored ????

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile not that she wanted a convenience fee for dating the dude. I'm sure she was white...
    Did Avenatti not think about the consequences that would come his way for representing Stormy vs. The president. He's going to be that strong example for his people.

  • WhoKnew

    Please say it again. I don't get why Dump is not in prison.

  • WhoKnew

    Avenatti is probably living behind his luxury apartment on a mattress by the dumpster instead of in it right about now. He's got to be facing at least 75 years in prison. in addition to disbarment.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    A lot of lawyers are crooks! The popular ones and the not so popular ones... Dont use a lawyer because someone recommended them to you! Do tour own homework ???This is how I feel about this situation

  • Dowoop

    All I was wondering was what she had on him to make him pay her just because she was in girlfriend.

  • Coffee1st

    I really want to believe you just saying something to stir the pot... but deep in my heart, I know you're telling the truth ????????????

  • Eileen

    Oh I can believe it all day long. There are men that have had sad childhoods and then they end up with hussys like this women who extorted money from this young baller. It would have been cheaper if he just went to a therapist for counseling!

  • Marlika

    This guys is just into all kinds of foolishness?????

  • PhillyFacts

    No, but I’m going to check it out thanks!

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  • Judi Jupiter

    Welp... kellz case is looking better and better if he's supposed to prosecute.

  • OvertheMississippi

    I ducking idiot!!!

  • MJF

    You want Pence as President? Vote in 2020! xoxo

  • free

    i hope it ain't my basketball husband. damn.

  • DeJeri

    Sounds like a shakedown or hush money to me. Why make the payments through a lawyer? How do you get a pay out when you weren't even a wife or didn't have any children?

  • Low E. 30BELOW

    THIS PART...


    the colorstruck wealthy minorities is that it makes some of them extremely predictable targets.. being predictable it makes them vulnerable to people who know they have a type easier to go after that $$$$.


    Nike, Trump, Black athlete ...
    Is it a coincidence he is representing women getting $$$ from rich men??? I wouldn’t doubt it if he doesn’t have some kind of setup to target wealthy males.

  • Melan Choly

    She's actually black....

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    He needs a good attorney. He should call kimkow

  • MythCalledLove

    This is when you run into folks office like he is being chased by a pibull. This is when the players union throws up that middle finger. "We can't help ya man. You got your ass in it by trying to go around the league & hooks up with some shady dude. There is ALOT of this story. And the league he better hope that the fine won't hurt his pockets. Oh and the owner of the team. He might find his ass overseas in Cyprus.

  • Trace da Ace

    lawdy....they gonna bury his ass under the jail.....he is certainly in for a loonnnggg ride.....

  • BingBangBoom

    Yeah straight up Mariah Carey him.. Just in case things don't work out

  • lovelygamour

    i didnt recognize avenatti but his name kept rining bells. he used to be in the sports scene and some hollywood. I wonder what happened to him. all his hobbys are expensive. did the money stop rolling in and that when he decided to become a lawyer. him and his (ex)wife was traveling around doing projects. he seems to have spent his money on stupid stuff.

    he won with stormy daniels and he shouldve just made money and paid his debts.

  • Jussjess25

    I really believe that avenatti is the devil.. I mean this dude is evil. We haven't seen evil like this since ole-boy who stole all those people retirement money. Whats his name yall??

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    No not them onelove.. i’m talking about Madoff!

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