High-profile celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos has been named co-conspirator in the indictment of Michael Avenatti.
The two allegedly tried to extort Nike for over $20 million dollars earlier this week, according to WSJ.
As a result, Mark Geragos has been fired from his position as a CNN commentator.
Prosecutors say in court papers that an unnamed attorney joined Avenatti in demanding that Nike pay millions of dollars, or risk being embarrassed by a scandal involving its sponsorship of an amateur basketball team.
They described the attorney as a co-conspirator but didn’t charge him with a crime.
The person knowledgeable about the case tells the AP that co-conspirator was Geragos, a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not made public by prosecutors.
Geragos’s clients have included Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Scott Peterson and most recently Jussie Smollett.
Geragos didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.
In recent weeks, Mark has been in the news for leading Jussie Smollett’s defense team after police hit the actor with a 16-count indictment for filing false police reports and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.