Extortion and threats

FILE - In this Nov.12, 2011file photo, President of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diak poses at 2011 World Athletics Gala Awards, in Monaco. French legal authorities have decided to hold a trial for Lamine Diack, once one of the most influential men in Olympic sport, who was disgraced by investigations that uncovered corruption, extortion and doping cover-ups during his 16-year reign as head of the world governing body of track and field. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
June 24, 2019 - 2:36 pm
PARIS (AP) — Lamine Diack, once one of the most influential men in Olympic sport, has been ordered to stand trial in France for his alleged role in a system of corruption, extortion and doping cover-ups during his reign at the top of athletics. Diack was head of the IAAF for nearly 16 years...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2013 file photo, Paris Saint-Germain soccer club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, arrives to speak to the media during a press conference at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. A French judicial official says Al-Khelaifi has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
May 25, 2019 - 2:02 am
GENEVA (AP) — The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading. Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis stands during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. An attorney for Porzingis acknowledges that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but “unequivocally” denies the allegation. Lawyer Roland Riopelle said Saturday, March 30, that the claim against the Dallas Maverick was part of an extortion attempt that is being investigated by the FBI. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 30, 2019 - 11:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledged Saturday that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but says the Dallas Mavericks forward "unequivocally" denies the allegation. Lawyer Roland Riopelle said the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is...
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Attorney Michael Avenatti leaves Federal Court after his initial appearance in an extortion case Monday, March 25, 2019, in New York. Avenatti was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
March 27, 2019 - 5:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before federal prosecutors unsealed charges against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump was facing legal scrutiny for his business practices. Avenatti was testifying last Friday...
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Attorney Michael Avenatti delivers remarks in front of federal court after his initial appearance in an extortion case Monday, March 25, 2019, in New York. Avenatti was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
March 26, 2019 - 9:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti came out swinging Tuesday against Nike, accusing the shoemaker — without evidence — of "rampant" corruption mere hours after he was released from U.S. custody on charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from the company. In a string of posts on Twitter...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Michael Avenatti, lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, speaks outside court in New York. U.S. prosecutors announced Monday, March 25, 2019 they have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
March 26, 2019 - 9:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on extortion allegations against lawyer Michael Avenatti (all times local): 9:40 a.m. A day after he was charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike, attorney Michael Avenatti has launched a new public attack on the company. In a string of tweets Tuesday,...
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Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a chart during a press conference, outlining details that lead to extortion charges for attorney Michael Avenatti, on Monday March 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 25, 2019 - 11:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti says he is confident he will be "fully exonerated" of federal extortion and bank and wire fraud charges. He told reporters late Monday he will "never stop...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti speaks to the media outside the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge. U.S. prosecutors announced Monday, March 25, 2019 they have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)
March 25, 2019 - 11:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad...
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March 12, 2019 - 2:58 pm
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University basketball player Issa Thiam has been dismissed from the team and faces deportation after his arrest on domestic violence charges. Thiam, a junior forward from Dakar, Senegal, is accused of slapping a woman and swinging a knife at her after she refused...
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Henry Cejudo, right, knocks down TJ Dillashaw during the first round of a flyweight mixed martial arts championship bout at UFC Fight Night, early Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New York. Cejudo stopped Dillashaw in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
January 20, 2019 - 12:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the UFC card in New York with T.J. Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo fighting for the 125-pound title (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Henry Cejudo did his part to defend the UFC 125-pound title and perhaps the fate of the flyweight division with a punishing first-round win over...
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