Michael Avenatti Is Using the Same Jail Cell That Once Held ‘El Chapo,’ Lawyer Says

Attorney Michael Avenatti could be using the same jail cell that once housed convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, his lawyer says.

Scott Srebnick, attorney for Avenatti, wrote a letter on Monday to New York District Judge Paul Gardephe explaining how Avenatti is using a cell that was “reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses.”

The attorney continues to note that Avenatti is “locked down” for 24 hours a day “in solitary confinement,” and can only have attorney visits and two medical exams. He continues to detail that there is an officer outside the cell at all times, as well as two cameras “focused on” Avenatti.

He continues to detail the conditions, “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. He has not been permitted to shave.”

Srebnick asked the judge if Avenatti — former lawyer for Stormy Daniels — could be moved to general population, because, under the current conditions, “we cannot effectively prepare for the trial and Mr. Avenatti cannot meaningfully assist in his defense.”

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Avenatti has been at New York’s Metropolitan Correction Center, jailed without bond, since last week until his trial, as CNN reports. He is facing financial crime charges.

Last week, Avenatti was arrested in California on accusations of violating terms of his bail while awaiting trial, as IJR previously reported.


  1. They gave him three blankets? That sounds like privilege to me. . . friends of mine that have spent time in jail have said that they only got sheets. I hate to break it to you CPL, but the temperature and living conditions inside a jail are the same for everyone. Did you think it was going to be like spending the nights at a Hilton Inn? It is supposed to be miserable and difficult. It’s to promote people to NOT want to come back. Suck it up you lying sissy!

  2. Easy way to satisfy the objections of Avenatti’s lawyer. Give him what he asks for.
    Have Avenatti circulate in gen-pop instead of being in “lockdown”.
    Remove the guard.
    Let Avenatti use the bathroom to shave (I bet the other inmates will enjoy “sharing” with him)

    If he’s cold, get him a big, warm cellmate.

  3. Apparently the Feds forgot that for the great Mr Avenatti they were supposed to build new and improved facilities large enough to handle his oversized ego. (MASSIVE EYE ROLL)

    1. I’d say that El Chapo had an ego just as large AND he at least was a successful criminal worth billions. Unlike the porn star lawyer who’s broke.

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