The identities of the clients Michael Avenatti has been accused of stealing from have been revealed. Deadspin reports the federal indictment against the lawyer accused him of stealing millions of dollars from his clients, one of whom was Hassan Whiteside. Avenatti allegedly took money from the Miami Heat center's settlement to pay a private jet. In 2017, Whiteside and his ex-girlfriend Alexis Gardner agreed to a settlement of $3 million for what they referred to as “[Gardner’s] investment of time and support over a number of years as Hassan pursued a career in the NBA.” The plan was for Whiteside to pay $2.75 million at that time and $250,000 in 2020. Avenatti was supposed to only take $1 million of the first payment, but he took all of it, and spent 2.5 million of it on a Honda Aircraft jet.

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