Avenatti was arrested Wednesday near his skyscraper apartment in a ritzy area of Los Angeles. Police wont release details but say the alleged victim had visible injuries.
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After posting $50,000 bail, Avenatti called the felony allegation "completely bogus" and said it was made up to harm his reputation. As he left a police station where he was booked, Avenatti told reporters that hes never hit a woman and is confident hell be exonerated.
Avenatti became famous representing Daniels, a porn actress who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump and has sued to invalidate a confidentiality agreement she signed.
Avenatti has also harshly criticized the president and has said hes mulling a 2020 presidential run.
Adult film star Stormy Daniels says shell fire Michael Avenatti as her lawyer if the domestic abuse allegations against him are proven, but she cautioned that its important to “reserve judgement” until the Los Angeles Police Departments investigation is complete.
“Of course I do not condone violence against women and if these allegations prove true I will be seeking new representation,” Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — said in a statement.
The LAPD arrested Avenatti on Wednesday night on suspicion of domestic violence and said it was investigating the incident. Avenatti denied the allegations and said the accusations were fabricated to harm his reputation.
“These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations, but right now that is all they are: allegations,” she said. “We should all reserve judgement until the investigation — an investigation Michael has said he welcomes — is complete, and thats what Im going to do.”
Avenatti represents Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen. Daniels says she had an affair with Trump in 2006, and that Cohen paid her to sign a confidentiality agreement about it days before the 2016 presidential election. She sued to invalidate that presidential agreement, and also has defamation lawsuits pending against both of them.
Avenatti views himself as one of Trumps chief opponents, and has discussed a 2020 presidential bid.