Attorney Avenatti has reportedly turned to Twitter, saying that he expects to be indicted on March charges within 48 hours, The Hill reports citing Avenatti's statement on his Twitter account, which is set to private.
"I intend on fighting these bogus/legally baseless allegations and will plead not guilty to ALL CHARGES. I look forward to the trial where I can begin to clear my name," Avenatti wrote as cited by The Hill. "The indictment is the formal charging document that usually follows a criminal complaint, which is what was issued in connection with my arrest," he added.
Avenatti reportedly told The Hill that he wanted his innocence to be proved by a jury.
"I expect to be fully exonerated because the law and the facts are fully on my side," he wrote in an emailed statement. "I want a jury to decide my fate."
Michael Avenatti was arrested on separate charges of operating "an old-fashioned shakedown" by trying to extort athletic apparel company Nike of millions of dollars and bank fraud on 25 March.
In Los Angeles, unrelated bank and wire fraud charges alleged that Avenatti "embezzled a client's money in order to pay his own expenses and debts — as well as those of his coffee business and law firm — and also defrauded a bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans," according to a Department of Justice press release.
Avenatti was taken into custody in New York and faces up to 47 years in prison if convicted on all charges in the New York case, as well as an additional 50 years if convicted of both charges in the Los Angeles case. He was subsequently released by a New York federal magistrate judge on $300,000 bond on 25 March.
Avenatti came into the spotlight after adult film actress Stormy Daniels alleged that Trump had paid her $130,000 in exchange for her keeping quiet about a 2006 fling she'd had with him. Her March 2018 lawsuit alleged the agreement to be invalid, as Trump himself had never signed it.