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Michael Avenatti arrested for felony domestic violence, held on $50k bail
Stormy Daniels lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and LAPD has confirmed his arrest.
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Avenatti may go after TMZ for posting the story. He stated on Twitter, on 11/16/2018 "Whomever wrote and approved that TMZ article better get their checkbook ready because it was purposely malicious and false. It was designed to harm Lisa, me and my family and we are going expose TMZ for what they did. No journalist should rely on or defend garbage like that."
Avenatti also seems to be on the warpath to gain revenge against a guy named Jacob Wohl, who he believes is behind his arrest.
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TMZ said "5:50 PM PT -- Avenatti bailed out and held a brief news conference, saying, "I have never struck a woman. I will never strike a woman." He added he's looking forward to the investigation and is confident he'll be "fully exonerated."
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TMZ has also updated their story to remove reference to Avenatti's estranged wife. They stated that their source had originally said it was Avenatti's wife, but it has now been confirmed that it is a different woman. Or, no woman at all. This is still being investigated, so do not assume anything actually happened until evidence is provided.
Someone spoke with his wife and she said she has not seen Michael in months. Avenatti also claims that his wife was not there.
The LAPD did confirm via Twitter that they have arrested Avenatti. LAPD said "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." and "Update: We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000."
Michael Avenatti was arrested after an incident occurred with a woman. She filed a report and her face was apparently bruised according to TMZ who spoke to law enforcement.
We're told during Wednesday's confrontation the woman ran out of the apartment building and was on the sidewalk on her cellphone with sunglasses covering her eyes, sobbing and screaming on the phone, "I can't believe you did this to me. I'm going to get a restraining order against you."
We're told security brought her inside the building, took her upstairs and Michael showed up 5 minutes later, ran into the building. He screamed repeatedly, "She hit me first." We're told he angrily added, "This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***." We're told he tried getting into the elevator but security denied him access.
Cops showed up and escorted Avenatti into a corner and spoke with him for 5 or 10 minutes and then took him into custody.
A law enforcement source says on Tuesday, Avenatti "kicked her out of the apartment" and that's when the alleged domestic violence occurred. We're told she went back to the apartment on Wednesday to retrieve her belongings and called police to stand by in case things got heated.
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
Update: We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
Michael Avenatti rose to fame after representing Stormy Daniels in her case against President Donald Trump. The case was not successful. Avenatti also brought forward women who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually charged accusations, but they turned out to be non-credible.
This is a breaking story, so not many details are available just yet.
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