CNN dropped Mark Geragos amid reporting he is Michael Avenatti’s unnamed co-conspirator in extortion charge

CNN announced it no longer has well-known Hollywood attorney and fixer Mark Geragos on its payroll as a legal commentator amid widespread reporting that he was the unnamed co-conspirator in Michael Avenatti’s extortion charge against Nike. Avenatti rose to stardom defending Stormy Daniels.

“Mark Geragos is no longer a CNN contributor,” a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.

“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,” the Wall Street Journal reports of the complaint filed against Avenatti.

CNN noted Geragos was not charged with a crime.

Geragos didn’t return CNN’s request for comment.


TV Agent pitching Avenatti/Scaramucci show to CNN and others

According to a report out from the New York Times, well-known TV agent Jay Sures has been pitching a show featuring Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti and the former White House communications director of 11 days, Anthony Scaramucci, to both CNN and MSNBC.

As the Times notes, both have become frequent cable network guests: Avenatti as one of Trump’s greatest antagonists, and Scaramucci as a loyalist to the president even after flaming out after less than two weeks at the White House.

Representatives for MSNBC and CNN declined to comment, as did Sures and Scaramucci.

“I have no interest in television right now,” Avenatti said. “I enjoy my law practice and look forward to prevailing on behalf of my client Stormy Daniels.”

The show, if it would come to fruition, would be similar to the debate program, Crossfire, that aired for years on CNN.