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Disgraced California attorney Michel Avenatti filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for mistreatment, claiming he was only allowed to read from one source while imprisoned.
The $94million claim, which was first obtained by CBS News, seeks $1million for each day he says he was held in solitary confinement or locked down and claims he was only allowed to read than former President Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.”
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In the complaint, Avenatti says he was abused while in federal custody because of his criticism of Trump and former attorney general William Barr.
Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Avenatti alleged that while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in 2020, the federal government is responsible for intentionally inflicting emotional distress, negligently inflicting emotional distress, false imprisonment, false arrest and other acts.
Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, an attorney representing Avenatti, said the filing was sent to the Bureau of Prisons on Wednesday.
CBS News reported, “The claim, known as Standard Form 95, is the first step toward potential legal action against the government. If a settlement cannot be reached or the agency denies the claim within six months, Avenatti could then bring a lawsuit under the FTCA against the United States in federal court.”
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In December, it was reported that Avenatti, once a media star who is now a convicted criminal, received the book after asking for reading materials while being held in a New York City detention center in January 2020.
Avenatti, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against former President Trump, was sentenced in July to 30 months in prison for trying to extort millions from Nike and lived under house arrest in California.
Fox News contacted Avenatti’s attorney and the Federal Bureau of Prisons but received no immediate comment.
Fox News’ David Rutz and Edmund DeMarche contributed to this article.