Avenatti was arrested in Manhattan and also hit with wire and bank fraud charges in Los Angeles.
“I’m drowning in this gig economy," one striking driver told NBC News.
What happened "will be shown to be directly related to the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet and elsewhere," the lawyer said.
Chick-fil-A disputed it supports anti-LGBT causes, saying, "To suggest our giving was done to support a political or non-inclusive agenda is inaccurate and misleading."
Analysis: Threatening a lawsuit is legal. But if Michael Avenatti engaged in misrepresentation, such as when he said he could ruin Nike’s reputation, that could be considered extortion.