Michael Avenatti arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Pauline Gross
November 15, 2018

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

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the LAPD has already obtained an emergency protective order, prohibiting Avenatti from going near the alleged victim. He was taken into custody in the building's lobby, the site reports. The LAPD, when contacted by Deadline, confirmed Avenatti's arrest but had no further details.

TMZ reported that the two had been sharing an apartment, but Avenatti had kicked the woman out after a break-up. "We categorically denounce him and his behavior, just as we denounce all forms of domestic violence and violence against women, and hope that he is held accountable for his horrific actions".

News reports say Avenatti was taken into custody at 3:44 PM in the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, after a woman filed a felony domestic violence police report.

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Sources told TMZ Avenatti's wife's face is "swollen and bruised". "Ms. Storie-Avenatti was not subject to any such incident".

Security reportedly ushered her into the building, after which Avenatti appeared and chased her while allegedly claiming, "she hit me first" and adding, "This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***". It is not clear how Storie-Avenatti's statement to Buzzfeed might change this story.

Meanwhile, the Vermont Democratic Party has already announced the cancelation of events at which Avenatti was scheduled to speak this weekend.

The party was set to host Avenatti in Burlington on Friday and in White River Junction on Saturday.

Other reports by GizPress

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