US legal advisor Michael Avenatti, who spoke to pornography star Stormy Daniels in her claim against President Trump, has been captured on misrepresentation charges.
Examiners state he attempted to blackmail more than $20m (£15m) from Nike, taking steps to utilize his profile to cause reputational hurt on the firm.
In a different case, the 48-year-old has been blamed for theft.
A continuous visitor on TV news and syndicated programs, Mr Avenatti developed as a savage faultfinder of Donald Trump.
At a certain point he said he was thinking about running for president himself in 2020.
Mr Avenatti showed up in a New York court on Monday and was discharged on $300,000 (£227,000) abandon condition that he surrender his US and Italian international IDs. He didn’t enter a supplication.
Outside court, he said he was sure he would be “completely excused”.
He told correspondents he had spent his vocation battling influential individuals and amazing enterprises and that he would “fight constantly that great battle”.