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Lawyer who has represented Jussie Smollett, Colin Kaepernick named co-conspirator in Avenatti charges

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Another big name implicated in the Nike extortion case

Attorney Mark Geragos (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

A high-profile criminal defense lawyer who has represented celebrities like Jussie Smollett and Colin Kaepernick was named as a co-conspirator in the extortion charges against Michael Avenatti, according to The Wall Street Journal.

What charges? Avenatti was charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike. In a separate case, Avenatti was also charged with wire fraud and bank fraud for allegedly embezzling money from a client to cover his own debts.

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