As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following information published by LA Times:
When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.
Avenatti was Gardner’s attorney. An actress and barista, she’d hired him just a few weeks before to negotiate a settlement of a potential lawsuit against Whiteside. It’s unclear what she would have alleged. Avenatti quickly struck a $3-million deal, and the $2.75 million was Whiteside’s first payment.
The article goes on to state the following:
Avenatti, prosecutors say, was entitled to take just over $1 million in legal fees, leaving the rest for Gardner.
DML News App offers the following additional information, published by DEADSPIN.COM:
In reality, he ended up taking all of Whiteside’s payment and sending $2.5 million of it to an associate to transfer it to Honda Aircraft Company, LLC for a private jet, according to the indictment.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 21, 2019
Amazing Tale on How HEAT Hassan Whiteside Agreed to Pay IG Model Side Chick $3 Million For Her Silence & Michael Avenatti Allegedly Stealing The Money to Buy a Private Jet (Pics-Video-Court Docs) https://t.co/Sp0VX63L82 pic.twitter.com/cWGEXknDNM
— Robert Littal (@BSO) April 21, 2019
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) April 21, 2019
— New York Post (@nypost) April 21, 2019