Michael Avenatti Is On 24-Hour Lockdown Inside ‘El Chapo’s’ Old Jail Cell
Following in the footsteps of Martin Shkreli, “creepy porn lawyer” Michael Avenatti recently had his bail revoked for blatantly violating the terms of his release (he got caught trying to hide money from the Feds) and was remanded to prison, where he will remain until his trials on extortion charges in New York, and embezzlement charges in California.
According to the New York Post, Avenatti was recently transferred from a federal pen in California to the infamous Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan – the same jail where ‘El Chapo’ awaited trial, and where Jeffrey Epstein was found hanging from his bed in a dubious suicide.
Not only is Avenatti inhabiting the same prison as these other arch-criminals, but rumor has it that he’s currently staying in the same exact cell that played host to El Chapo before he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted on all 10 counts.
And that cell is: the solitary confinement unit – commonly known as ‘the hole’ or ‘the SHU’ (for Special Housing Unit). According to Avenatti’s lawyer, the one-time celebrity attorney, who famously represented Stormy Daniels in her campaign against President Trump (a scheme that ultimately backfired as she was ultimately ordered to cover the president’s legal fees), is being held in solitary confinement in the “Special Housing Unit on the notorious 10-South of the MCC-New York.”
The lawyer asked the judge overseeing Avenatti’s case to return his client to genpop, arguing that Avenatti wouldn’t be able to prepare for his case in these conditions. The lawyer also complained that Avenatti was being held in close proximity to hardened terrorists.
“He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses,” Avenatti’s attorney, Scott Srebnick, said.
“The temperature in his cell feels like it is in the mid-40s. He is forced to sleep with three blankets. Not surprisingly, he has been having great difficulty functioning.”
A guard and two cameras keep a constant watch on Avenatti 24 hours a day. Since arriving in the SHU, Avenatti hasn’t been allowed to shave, and he’s only been allowed two phone calls.
It’s unclear how Avenatti ended up in solitary, but given his combative public persona, we imagine he would probably have some difficulty adjusting to the rigidity of life behind bars.
Now, all that’s left is for Avenatti to plot a ‘great escape’ of his own by tunneling to Mexico.