Michael Avenatti Released From Federal Prison Over COVID-19 Concerns

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Attorney Michael Avenatti has been temporarily released from prison due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We're really gratified that the judge took the action that he did. He recognized the seriousness of the situation. Unfortunately, there are a lot courts across the country that have not. We're fortunate," his attorney Dean Steward told CNN.

Avenatti's legal team claimed he was at high-risk of catching COVID-19 because he contracted pneumonia in 2019.

Avenatti became a household name when he represented Stormy Daniels, the former pron star who alleged that she was paid by Trump to keep quiet about an alleged night together between the sheets. Trump denied the affair ever happened.

Avenatti was convicted earlier this year of attempting to extort over $20 million from Nike as well as two separate indictments with embezzling $300,000 from Daniels, and with tax fraud and stealing several million dollars from other clients.

He denies the allegations.