Michael Avenatti Arrested for Domestic Violence in LA
Jordan Kirkland - November 14th, 2018
Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Trump, was arrested for domestic violence in Los Angeles, police said.
The alleged incident occurred Tuesday and a report was taken, police told reporters.
On Wednesday, Avenatti was arrested by officers with the West Los Angeles station. They responded to an incident involving Avenatti, and he was detained in the process of taking an incident report, the sources said. He was booked into jail but released on $50,000 bond Wednesday evening.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a tweet later on Wednesday , "We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence."
We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available.
Following his arrest, Avenatti made bail and said he will be “fully exonerated.” Appearing before reporters, Avenatti doubled-down on his declaration.
"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 going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing," he continued. "I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident I will be fully exonerated. I also want to thank everyone for their support that has reached out. You know my character. You know me as a man and I appreciate it."
Early reports indicated the incident involved Avenatti's estranged wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, but her lawyer released a statement denying those claims.
"Ms. Storie-Avenatti was not subject to any such incident on Tuesday night," the statement said. "Further, she was not at Mr. Avenatti’s apartment on the date that this alleged incident occurred. My client states that there has never been domestic violence in her relationship with Michael and that she has never known Michael to be physically violent toward anyone. My client requests that the media respect her privacy and that of the parties young son."