Michael Avenatti arrested for domestic violence

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Updated Nov 15, 2018 1:54 AM EST

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels and a prominent critic of President Trump, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday. Avenatti was booked Wednesday afternoon near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. 

Police didn’t immediately disclose details about the incident behind the arrest but Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesperson, said the victim has visible injuries. 

After posting $50,000 bail, Avenatti denied the allegations, telling reporters, “I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m gonna continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing.”

Later, he made his case on Twitter:

Earlier, he released a statement through his law firm slamming the allegation as “completely bogus” and intended to harm his reputation. 

TMZ first reported Avenatti’s arrest, and initially said the alleged incident involved Avenatti’s estranged wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti. 

However, her attorneys issued a statement denying she was involved, and TMZ issued a correction. “This article is not true as it pertains to my client. Ms. Storie-Avenatti  was not subject to any such incident.” Avenatti and his wife filed for divorce in 2017.

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti seen Wed., May 30, 2018.

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Avenatti has become a fixture on cable news and is exploring a bid for president in 2020. He rose to fame as the attorney for Daniels, who was allegedly paid off to keep quiet about an affair with President Trump.

Avenatti is also the lawyer for Julie Swetnick, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct that took place decades ago. Avenatti was blamed by some Democrats for Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Senate when Swetnick walked back some of her accusations.

Avenatti has been referred to the Justice Department for an investigation into his and Swetnick’s claims.

Avenatti, who has said he’s mulling a 2020 presidential run, pursued the president and those close to him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his lawyers in tweets.

The Vermont Democratic Party canceled events planned for Friday and Saturday, where Avenatti was scheduled to speak, and is refunding ticket sales. 

Grace Segers contributed to this report

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