File - This Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 file photo shows attorney Mark Geragos talking to the media during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. CNN has cut ties with Mark Geragos just hours after the celebrity attorney was named as a co-conspirator in a case accusing lawyer Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike. A CNN representative confirmed Monday, March 25, 2019, that Geragos is no longer a contributor to the network but didn't specify why. His name is no longer listed on CNN's website as a legal analyst. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

Celebrity lawyer Geragos named in Avenatti extortion case

March 26, 2019 - 1:59 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorney Mark Geragos has had a long career representing high-profile clients including Michael Jackson, Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollett. Now he might need a defense attorney himself after being named Monday in a case accusing lawyer Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike.

Geragos is not charged with a crime but people familiar with the Avenatti investigation confirm he's named as an unidentified co-conspirator. The 61-year-old celebrity lawyer hasn't responded to requests for comment.

Geragos has defended headline-grabbing cases involving Winona Ryder, Chris Brown and Scott Peterson.

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson says Geragos is "in many ways the face of the legal profession" because of his longtime tenure as a legal analyst for CNN. The network said Monday that it has cut ties with Geragos.