Michael Avenatti Arrested and Charged on Violent Domestic Abuse Charges
'Creepy Porn Lawyer' charged with alleged physical assault of woman
Attorney Michael Avenatti has been arrested and charged by LAPD on alleged domestic violence charges.
Avenatti, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, represented adult entertainer Stormy Daniels when she made claims against the president, earning him the moniker "Creepy Porn Lawyer."
Since going after the president, Avenatti represented a number of clients who made false claims against Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and was even accused himself as falsifying witness statements to steer the course of justice to suit his own agenda.
Now, the controversial lawyer, who's also a prominent figure in the #MeToo movement, says he will be “fully exonerated” after making bail Wednesday evening following his earlier arrest on domestic violence charges.
After being released from police custody, he told the press that he denies the accusations said, when faced with his arrest, the LAPD "had no option in light of the allegations."
"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."
According to Fox News, Avenatti was formally charged with felony domestic violence and his bail was set at $50,000, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told Fox News.
TMZ, which first reported news of the arrest, said that the lawyer "kicked" a woman "out of the apartment."
The outlet initially reported that the alleged incident involved Avenatti's estranged wife, before later describing the individual simply as a woman.
The report, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, said the woman's face was "swollen and bruised."
Avenatti, who in the past has said he’s exploring a 2020 presidential run against Trump, garnered attention when he began representing Daniels.
unlike Brett Kavenaugh, who Avenatti tried to ruin, @MichaelAvenatti will get the due process he is deserved. but sadly, the irony will be lost on him.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) November 14, 2018
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and has sued to invalidate the confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.
She also sued Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleging defamation.
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.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
"We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence," the LAPD tweeted.
"This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available."
The charges arose from an alleged Tuesday incident, prompting authorities to respond and take a report, an unidentified law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
#MeToo proponent Alyssa Milano 'disavows' Michael Avenatti
According to the Daily Mail, Alyssa Milano, the Charmed actress and liberal political activist who appeared with Michael Avenatti at an anti-Trump rally, said she is disavowing Stormy Daniels' lawyer after news broke of his arrest Wednesday for domestic violence.
Totally disgusting. And before anyone asks me, yes, I’m disavowing Avenatti. I do not care what side he’s on. #Basta https://t.co/sHK1PggVsj— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 14, 2018
"Totally disgusting," the Who's The Boss star tweeted on Wednesday in response to the original report of Avenatti's arrest in Los Angeles.
"And before anyone asks me, yes, I’m disavowing Avenatti. I do not care what side he’s on."
She ended the tweet with the hashtag #basta, which is the hashtag that Avenatti frequently uses on his Twitter posts about Trump.
Basta is Spanish for "enough."