Michael Avenatti refuses to testify at civil case

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United States Attorney Nick Hanna, right, looks on as Acting Special Agent in Charge Ryan Kormer, left, announces the latest on new federal charges against attorney Michael Avenatti during a news conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The indictment announced Thursday alleges Avenatti stole millions of dollars from clients, didn’t pay taxes, […]

Attorney Michael Avenatti has refused to testify in a court case involving money he owes a former legal partner.

Avenatti appeared briefly in Los Angeles Superior Court as federal prosecutors outlined fraud and other charges against him in a 36-count indictment.

Avenatti had been scheduled to face questioning about some of nearly $15 million he owes attorney Jason Frank for legal work.

Attorney Ron Hodges says Avenatti, his client, asserted his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination and didn’t testify.

Andrew Stolper, who represents Frank, says Avenatti would have faced questions about money he’s charged with stealing from clients.

Avenatti tweeted that he will plead not guilty and fight the charges.

Stolper says Avenatti told Frank outside court that he won’t get paid now that federal authorities seized his private jet.

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