Avenatti Denies ‘Fabricated’ Allegations of Domestic Violence: I’ve Never Been ‘Physically Abusive in My Life’
Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels, put out a statement Wednesday night following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, and denied the allegations in comments to reporters.
In the statement, Avenatti denied he has ever been physically abusive and called the allegations “bogus” and “fabricated”:
“I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
The LAPD confirmed his arrest earlier tonight and said there is an ongoing investigation. He was booked on Wednesday on a felony domestic violence charge, with bail set at $50,000.
Avenatti spoke to reporters outside of the Los Angeles jail on Wednesday night after posting bail. “I have never struck a woman,” he said. “I am looking forward to a full investigation.”
TMZ first reported that Avenatti was arrested in Los Angeles after he was accused of violence. After initially reporting he was suspected of abusing his estranged wife, the outlet corrected its report to note the identity of the accuser is unknown.
Avenatti is known for his constant media presence and representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her two legal battles against President Donald Trump. Recently, he has expressed interest in a run for president in 2020.
Mediaite has reached out to Avenatti and will update this story if he provides further comment.
Watch his statement above, via CNN.
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