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Avenatti defends ‘lavish’ lifestyle amid fraud charges, says Trump ‘should be indicted’

Embattled attorney Michael Avenatti spoke out Friday against the criminal charges against him in during an interview with CNN, where he defended his “lavish” lifestyle amid the controversy.

Earlier this month, Avenatti was indicted on 36 counts including charges of fraud, perjury and embezzlement. Among the allegations: an attempt to extort $20 million from sports apparel giant Nike, telling the company he would “ride off into the sunset” if the money was paid.

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“Did I say we’d ride off into the sunset? Yes. Was it in the context Nike and the government alleges? Absolutely night,” Avenatti said Friday. “What happened was that Nike and their attornies figured out that they couldn’t buy me, they couldn’t own me, they couldn’t control me. “

He denied he had ever attempted to extort money from Nike.

Avenatti told CNN that he “immediately saw it as an opportunity to do collateral damage” to President Trump when he was hired by porn star Stormy Daniels, who wanted out of a hush agreement regarding an alleged affair with the president. He insists he “accomplished the goal, although not entirely.”

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In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti, speaks outside court in New York. (Associated Press)

He blasted the three-year prison sentence of Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, saying it wasn’t “strong enough” and said Trump “should be indicted.” Avenatti himself is facing 300 years behind bars.

Avenatti told CNN he’s “not at liberty” to talk about charges that he withheld a $4 million settlement from a paraplegic man, but he did defend his “lavish lifestyle,” including a $2.5 million private jet he allegedly bought using another client’s money.

“I had an interest in a private jet, but there’s nothing unusual about some of these factors related to my lifestyle. Have I had a privileged lifestyle? Of course,” Avenatti defended himself. “Have I had a lifestyle some people would describe as lavish at times? Yes. I’m a self-made guy. I put myself through college. I put myself through law school. Nothing was ever handed to me. … I’ve busted my a– for a lot of what I’ve received.”

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When pressed whether he bought the private jet with money that belonged to client, he told CNN that he would present “facts and evidence” to a jury and they’ll decide.

“My lawyers didn’t even want me to sit down for this interview,” he continued. “The problem is I’ve been told to say absolutely nothing and I’ve said, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.”

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

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Avenatti defends ‘lavish’ lifestyle amid fraud charges, says Trump ‘should be indicted’

Embattled attorney Michael Avenatti spoke out Friday against the criminal charges against him in during an interview with CNN, where he defended his “lavish” lifestyle amid the controversy.

Earlier this month, Avenatti was indicted on 36 counts including charges of fraud, perjury and embezzlement. Among the allegations: an attempt to extort $20 million from sports apparel giant Nike, telling the company he would “ride off into the sunset” if the money was paid.

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“Did I say we’d ride off into the sunset? Yes. Was it in the context Nike and the government alleges? Absolutely night,” Avenatti said Friday. “What happened was that Nike and their attornies figured out that they couldn’t buy me, they couldn’t own me, they couldn’t control me. “

He denied he had ever attempted to extort money from Nike.

Avenatti told CNN that he “immediately saw it as an opportunity to do collateral damage” to President Trump when he was hired by porn star Stormy Daniels, who wanted out of a hush agreement regarding an alleged affair with the president. He insists he “accomplished the goal, although not entirely.”

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In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti, speaks outside court in New York. (Associated Press)

He blasted the three-year prison sentence of Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, saying it wasn’t “strong enough” and said Trump “should be indicted.” Avenatti himself is facing 300 years behind bars.

Avenatti told CNN he’s “not at liberty” to talk about charges that he withheld a $4 million settlement from a paraplegic man, but he did defend his “lavish lifestyle,” including a $2.5 million private jet he allegedly bought using another client’s money.

“I had an interest in a private jet, but there’s nothing unusual about some of these factors related to my lifestyle. Have I had a privileged lifestyle? Of course,” Avenatti defended himself. “Have I had a lifestyle some people would describe as lavish at times? Yes. I’m a self-made guy. I put myself through college. I put myself through law school. Nothing was ever handed to me. … I’ve busted my a– for a lot of what I’ve received.”

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When pressed whether he bought the private jet with money that belonged to client, he told CNN that he would present “facts and evidence” to a jury and they’ll decide.

“My lawyers didn’t even want me to sit down for this interview,” he continued. “The problem is I’ve been told to say absolutely nothing and I’ve said, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.”

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

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The Latest: I-70 near Denver reopens after fiery pileup

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The Latest on fatal pileup on Interstate 70 near Denver (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Transportation officials have reopened an interstate that was badly damaged by a fiery crash west of Denver.

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened Interstate 70 in both directions Friday night.

Police have said four people were killed on Thursday after a semi-truck plowed into vehicles on the interstate, causing a fire so intense that it melted the roadway and metal off of cars. The vital east-west highway links the mountains with the eastern plains.

The truck driver, 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide. He is scheduled to appear in court Saturday.

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2:15 p.m.

Colorado officials say they hope to reopen a major highway by Saturday morning after the interstate was badly damaged by a fiery crash near Denver.

Police have said four people were killed on Thursday after a semi-truck plowed into vehicles on Interstate 70, causing a fire so intense that it melted the roadway and metal off of cars. The vital east-west highway links the mountains with the eastern plains.

Authorities re-opened the highway’s westbound lanes on Friday afternoon but said it will take crews at least until Saturday morning to repair the interstate’s eastbound lanes.

Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Josh Laipply says crews and contractors have been called in.

The truck driver, 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

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12:30 p.m.

The truck driver suspected of killing four people in a fiery crash near Denver is expected to make his first court appearance on Saturday.

Authorities said Friday that Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos was arrested in Thursday’s rush hour crash on busy Interstate 70 based on interviews and evidence gathered by investigators.

He is being held on suspicion of vehicular homicide but prosecutors have not filed formal charges against him.

Jail records don’t indicate if he has a lawyer

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11:30 a.m.

The truck driver accused of killing four people in a fiery crash near Denver is a 23-year-old licensed operator from Texas.

Authorities said Friday that 23-year-old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos of Houston was arrested in Thursday’s rush hour crash on busy Interstate 70 based on interviews and evidence gathered by investigators.

Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman said there’s no indication the crash was intentional and says he has been cooperative. Police wouldn’t provide a hometown for him.

Jail records don’t indicate if he has a lawyer. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Saturday.

He is being held on suspicion of vehicular homicide but prosecutors have not filed formal charges against him.

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10:10 a.m.

Colorado officials say four people have died after a semi-truck hauling lumber plowed into vehicles on Interstate 70, causing a fire so intense that it melted the roadway and metal off of cars.

Authorities had to wait until daylight Friday to confirm the death toll from Thursday’s 28-vehicle pileup because of the devastation caused by the fire.

Six people were taken to hospitals with injuries. Their conditions are unclear.

Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman says the driver of the truck who caused the crash sustained minor injuries. He has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide.

Officials say the driver was headed down a hill when he slammed into slower traffic. Countryman says there is no indication the crash was intentional.

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7:40 a.m.

A truck driver blamed for causing a deadly pileup involving over two dozen vehicles near Denver has been arrested on vehicular homicide charges.

Lakewood police spokesman Ty Countryman said Friday that there’s no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in Thursday’s crash.

The unidentified driver was headed down a hill on Interstate 70 when he slammed into slower traffic and sparked a massive fire. Countryman said police are looking at whether his brakes were working properly.

He said 28 vehicles were involved, up from the initial 15 vehicles police reported after further sorting through the burned wreckage.

Police still say there were multiple fatalities but are still working to provide an exact number.

The highway is expected to remain closed until Saturday.

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The Latest: Suspect struck when kids shot by police arrested

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The Latest on a police shooting in Oklahoma that left a suspect and two children injured (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Authorities say a man wounded in a police shooting in Oklahoma that also injured two children is now in custody in Texas after being treated and released from a hospital.

The police chief in Paris, Texas, says his department arrested 21-year-old William Devaughn Smith on Friday after he was released from a hospital there. Smith is a suspect in the April 11 armed robbery of a Pizza Hut in Hugo, Oklahoma, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Paris.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman says Smith and the two children were shot Friday when Hugo police detectives tried to make contact with Smith.

Arbeitman says it’s not clear if Smith fired on the officers or what prompted the shooting. She says Smith and the two children were taken to a hospital. Officials did not immediately release the names, ages and condition of the children.

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8:50 p.m.

Oklahoma authorities say a police officer has shot and injured two children along with a man who is suspected of robbing a restaurant earlier this month.

State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman says gunfire broke out Friday when detectives with the Hugo Police Department in southeastern Oklahoma were trying to make contact with the suspect, 21-year-old William Devaughn Smith. Arbeitman says Smith is suspected in an armed robbery at a Pizza Hut in Hugo, which is near the Texas state line.

Arbeitman says it’s not clear if Smith fired on the officers or what prompted the shooting. She says Smith and the two children were taken to a hospital. Officials did not immediately release the names, ages and condition of the children.

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Police: 2 children shot as Oklahoma police try to arrest man

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Oklahoma authorities say a police officer has shot and injured two children along with a man who is suspected of robbing a restaurant earlier this month.

State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman says gunfire broke out Friday when detectives with the Hugo Police Department in southeastern Oklahoma were trying to make contact with the suspect, 21-year-old William Devaughn Smith. Arbeitman says Smith is suspected in an armed robbery at a Pizza Hut in Hugo, which is near the Texas state line.

Arbeitman says it’s not clear if Smith fired on the officers or what prompted the shooting. She says Smith and the two children were taken to a hospital. Officials did not immediately release the names, ages and condition of the children.

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California driver arrested after hauling 285 gallons of diesel fuel in a minivan, officials say

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California authorities arrested a driver who allegedly defied “a lawful order” and hauled off 285 gallons of diesel fuel in a minivan, officials said Friday.

Five containers of fuel were found inside the unidentified driver’s vehicle, the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Oroville division said on Facebook.

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California authorities arrested a driver who allegedly defied “a lawful order” and hauled off 285 gallons of diesel fuel in a minivan, officials said Friday. (California Highway Patrol – Oroville)

“We understand fuel prices are going up, but this is not the way to stock up on fuel,” the CHP said. “For obvious reasons this is highly illegal and dangerous.”

The agency provided a few photos of the containers in the minivan, as well as one of the fuel pump, which showed the roughly $943 price tag.

The minivan was impounded and the driver was arrested, CHP said, later offering a more in-depth explanation as to why.

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California authorities arrested a driver who allegedly defied “a lawful order” and hauled off 285 gallons of diesel fuel in a minivan, officials said Friday. (California Highway Patrol – Oroville)

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Upon running into law enforcement, the man behind the wheel was given “a verbal yet lawful order” that he couldn’t “transport that much fuel,” CHP said in a separate post. They added that they gave him information to assist him in moving it.

“He was told not to move the vehicle from the fuel station until the vehicle was in compliance,” CHP said. “As soon as we left, he pulled out from the fuel station and was stopped again. He was arrested for disobeying a lawful order.”

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Harvey Weinstein sex assault trial pushed back to Sept. 9

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A judge in New York on Friday decided to delay the sexual assault trial of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein until Sept. 9.

Judge James Burke announced the delay following a closed-door hearing, at which prosecutors sought to convince the judge that women be allowed to testify who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, but whose claims have not led to criminal charges.

JUDGE RULES KEY HARVEY WEINSTEIN HEARING WILL BE HELD IN SECRET, AWAY FROM THE PRESS

Weinstein’s trial had been scheduled to begin June 3, but both sides indicated they need more time to sort through witness and evidence issues. Jury selection is expected to take up to two weeks, with testimony lasting about a month.

“We had a very good day in court today. We’re glad that the trial got back to September,” Weinstein attorney Jose Baez told reporters. “This is going to give us an ample opportunity to dig into the case.”

Weinstein, 67, is charged with raping an unidentified female acquaintance in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. He pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail.

Weinstein himself was mum as he came and went from court Friday. Asked how he was doing, he just nodded.

Burke said closing the courtroom for the hearing was “the only means available to avoid the tainting of the jury pool” because the proceeding dealt with material that “is prejudicial to the defendant and is highly inflammatory.”

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News coverage, he said, would serve no purpose other than to stir negative public sentiment toward Weinstein

Lawyers for news organizations, including The Associated Press, argued that the prosecution and defense arguments didn’t meet the high legal standard for banning the media and the public.

Weinstein’s case is “a matter of immense and legitimate public interest,” and the allegations against him are already widely known, said Robert Balin, a lawyer for the news organizations.

Prosecutors said it was necessary to close the courtroom, both to protect Weinstein’s right to a fair trial and to shield the identities of accusers whose names and allegations were expected to come up during the hearing.

Weinstein lawyer Marianne Bertuna argued that news coverage could influence potential jurors and that “the court cannot be complicit with the press in denying the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

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Balin said that the allegations against Weinstein from more than 80 women have already been widely reported and that many of them, such as actresses Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd, have agreed to be identified publicly. But not all have, Illuzzi-Orbon said.

An appellate judge denied a request by the media outlets to immediately halt the proceeding but granted an expedited appeal and ordered parties to file briefs by Wednesday. The news organizations want access to a transcript of the hearing and to related documents that were filed under seal.

Fox News’ Lissa Kaplan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspect accused of plowing car into California crowd thought victims were Muslim, police say

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An Iraq War veteran with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder who injured eight people by plowing his car through a crosswalk targeted the victims based on their race and his belief they might be Muslim, California authorities said Friday afternoon.

Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, faces eight counts of attempted murder. Four victims of Tuesday’s crash remain hospitalized, including a 13-year-old Sunnyvale girl of South Asian descent who is in a coma with severe brain trauma. Three adults also remain hospitalized with injuries that include broken limbs and fractures.

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety tweeted: “Late yesterday [Thursday] afternoon, DPS obtained evidence regarding the motive behind Peoples’ criminal act. He targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim Faith. We will be providing support to our diverse communities.”

“Our community stands unified against these senseless acts of violence motivated by hate, and we strongly condemn them,” Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein said in a statement. “Sunnyvale takes pride in the incredible diversity of people who form the rich fabric of our city. We embrace our community of many backgrounds and beliefs, and we will continue to define ourselves by openness and acceptance for all.”

Sunnyvale police chief Phan Ngo said Friday that the investigation into Peoples, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter who was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2006, is ongoing.

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Peoples appeared briefly in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Friday. He did not enter a plea and is being held without bail.

Jay Boyarsky, chief assistant district attorney for Santa Clara, said the charges carry a sentence of life in prison. He added that prosecutors will file hate crime allegations if warranted.

“There is very appalling and disturbing evidence that at least one or two of these victims were targeted based on the defendant’s view of what their race or religion may have been,” he said.

Witness Don Draper said he marched over to Peoples’ car after the crash and found the driver muttering over and over, “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.”

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Ngo told reporters that Peoples showed no remorse, telling reporters Friday that the suspect “did not behave in any manner that would be considered bizarre.”

Peoples’ attorney, Chuck Smith, said Friday that the crash was in no way deliberate.

“This act was clearly the product of some mental disorder or mental defect,” Smith said after the hearing.

Family and friends described Peoples as quiet and polite and expressed shock at his involvement. His mother, Leevell Peoples of Sacramento, said her son had “a bad episode” with PTSD in 2015, for which he was hospitalized.

Peoples was honorably discharged from the Army, and police were investigating the PTSD report, Ngo said. The chief added that Peoples had no criminal record and owned one weapon, a disassembled and inoperable shotgun that was in the trunk of his vehicle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspect accused of plowing car into California crowd thought victims were Muslim, police say

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An Iraq War veteran with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder who injured eight people by plowing his car through a crosswalk targeted the victims based on their race and his belief they might be Muslim, California authorities said Friday afternoon.

Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, faces eight counts of attempted murder. Four victims of Tuesday’s crash remain hospitalized, including a 13-year-old Sunnyvale girl of South Asian descent who is in a coma with severe brain trauma. Three adults also remain hospitalized with injuries that include broken limbs and fractures.

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety tweeted: “Late yesterday [Thursday] afternoon, DPS obtained evidence regarding the motive behind Peoples’ criminal act. He targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim Faith. We will be providing support to our diverse communities.”

“Our community stands unified against these senseless acts of violence motivated by hate, and we strongly condemn them,” Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein said in a statement. “Sunnyvale takes pride in the incredible diversity of people who form the rich fabric of our city. We embrace our community of many backgrounds and beliefs, and we will continue to define ourselves by openness and acceptance for all.”

Sunnyvale police chief Phan Ngo said Friday that the investigation into Peoples, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter who was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2006, is ongoing.

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Peoples appeared briefly in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Friday. He did not enter a plea and is being held without bail.

Jay Boyarsky, chief assistant district attorney for Santa Clara, said the charges carry a sentence of life in prison. He added that prosecutors will file hate crime allegations if warranted.

“There is very appalling and disturbing evidence that at least one or two of these victims were targeted based on the defendant’s view of what their race or religion may have been,” he said.

Witness Don Draper said he marched over to Peoples’ car after the crash and found the driver muttering over and over, “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.”

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Ngo told reporters that Peoples showed no remorse, telling reporters Friday that the suspect “did not behave in any manner that would be considered bizarre.”

Peoples’ attorney, Chuck Smith, said Friday that the crash was in no way deliberate.

“This act was clearly the product of some mental disorder or mental defect,” Smith said after the hearing.

Family and friends described Peoples as quiet and polite and expressed shock at his involvement. His mother, Leevell Peoples of Sacramento, said her son had “a bad episode” with PTSD in 2015, for which he was hospitalized.

Peoples was honorably discharged from the Army, and police were investigating the PTSD report, Ngo said. The chief added that Peoples had no criminal record and owned one weapon, a disassembled and inoperable shotgun that was in the trunk of his vehicle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York Archdiocese names 120 priests accused of sex abuse

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At least 120 priests accused of sexually abusing a child or having child pornography have worked in the Archdiocese of New York, the archdiocese said Friday in releasing a list of names that includes bishops, high school teachers, a scouting chaplain and a notorious cardinal.

The release, from the nation’s second-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, follows more than 120 such disclosures from other dioceses around the country as the church reckons with demands for transparency about sex abuse by clergy.

In a letter to church members, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he realizes “the shame that has come upon our church due to the sexual abuse of minors.” He asked forgiveness “for the failings of those clergy” who betrayed the trust invested in them to protect young people.

“It is my heartfelt prayer that together we as a family of faith may be healed,” Dolan added.

Church abuse watchdogs and lawyers for abuse accusers said the release of the list was a positive step, but some of them saw it as incomplete.

It doesn’t include accused members of religious orders who worked in the archdiocese’s churches and schools, though some orders have released their own lists. Nor does it list priests who were ordained elsewhere and later served in New York.

And there are no details on accused priests’ past assignments or the allegations against them, although some have emerged in news accounts, lawsuits and criminal cases.

“It’s certainly a good thing that they’ve come out with the list,” said Terry McKiernan of Bishop Accountability, a watchdog group. But “do they still not see that this very, very reluctant way of offering information about the crisis is the wrong way for them?”

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said that “the important thing is that we have released all of the names of priests that have a credible and substantiated charge brought against them,” plus those awaiting a church determination on allegations, and those newly accused through an archdiocese-run compensation process.

The program has paid out $65 million to over 350 people in the past three years.

The list includes priests ordained between 1908 and 1988. Many have died, and the archdiocese said none is currently working in the ministry.

Most of the alleged abuse happened in the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s, but there have been two credible allegations of sex abuse by active clergy since 2002, according to the archdiocese. It said authorities were alerted about both those cases.

Some priests on the list were convicted of sex crimes, including the late Rev. Edward Pipala, who served seven years in federal prison after admitting in 1993 to taking at least 11 boys across state lines for illicit sex.

The list also includes once-high-ranking church officials.

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was ordained in New York, became archbishop of Washington and one of the most visible church officials in the U.S.

Then, in February, he became the first cardinal defrocked in the sex abuse scandal of recent years. An internal church investigation had found him guilty. McCarrick’s lawyer declined to comment at the time.

Bishop John Jenik was removed from his public duties in November after being accused of inappropriate behavior with a teenage boy in the 1980s — an accusation he denies. The Vatican is reviewing the matter.

Bishop James McCarthy resigned in 2002 after the archdiocese was alerted about his affairs with women, which he acknowledged. He mentioned starting a relationship with a woman when she was around 21 years old, but some questions were later raised about whether she’d been underage. No charges were filed, and the church hasn’t made a determination.

Others were school leaders and teachers, deacons, parish priests, and clerics who worked with charities and youth groups.

One served as a Catholic Youth Organization director in New York and as national chaplain of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting in the 1970s, when he allegedly abused a boy at a summer camp, according to news accounts. The priest died in 1984, over two decades before the allegations became publicly known.

Based at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the New York Archdiocese includes parts of New York City and several counties north of the city. The only U.S. archdiocese with more Catholics is that of Los Angeles.

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