CNN parted ways with a high-profile commentator as part of the fallout from the criminal complaint against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable news channel severed ties with Mark Geragos. The move comes after “multiple outlets reported Monday that he is the ‘unnamed co-conspirator’ in a criminal complaint filed in New York against the lawyer Michael Avenatti,” THR reports.
As we reported earlier today, Avenatti, the former lawyer for Stormy Daniels, was arrested today on charges of trying to extort $25 million from Nike.
THR quotes a spokesperson for CNN saying today: “Mark Geragos is no longer a CNN contributor.”
The THR report notes that Geragos has not been charged with a crime, but quotes a Wall Street Journal story, citing the complaint, stating: “Mr. Avenatti and Mr. Geragos, the alleged co-conspirator, met with lawyers for Nike in New York on March 19 and threatened to release damaging information unless the company agreed to pay the two lawyers millions of dollars and another $1.5 million to the client Avenatti claimed to represent.”
Geragos is a familiar figure in the media with a string of high-profile clients including Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson and Jussie Smollett.
THR adds that CNN “also cut ties last week with economist Stephen Moore after President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is appointing the CNN contributor to the Federal Reserve board.”