UPDATE: Attorney Michael Avenatti Denies All Allegations of Domestic Violence After Arrest

November 15, 2018 - 10:45 am
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(KNX 1070/AP) --  Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment.

According to LAPD, Orange County attorney Michael Avenatti, made famous for sparring with President Trump, was booked into custody following a felony domestic violence allegation.  

Police didn't immediately disclose details about the arrest incident but Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman, said the victim has visible injuries.

Earlier, he released a statement through his law firm slamming the allegation as "completely bogus" and intended to harm his reputation.

Avenatti is best known as the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006. Trump has denied having the affair.

"I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a woman," Avenatti told reporters Wednesday after being booked and posting $50,000 bail.

Avenatti said he has been an advocate for women's rights his entire career and is confident that he will be exonerated.

TMZ reported initially that the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Avenatti after who they believed was his estranged wife (Lisa Storie-Avenatti) filed a complaint with police. Several hours later, Storie-Avenatti's attorney denied she and Avenatti were involved in an altercation. 

TMZ reported that when LAPD arrived on the scene, Avenatti was heard screaming, "She hit me first." We're told he angrily added, "This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***."

A witness told TMZ the woman's face was swollen and bruised.  The LAPD reportedly has obtained a protective order -- forbidding Avenatti from having contact with the woman.  

Avenatti is mulling a 2020 presidential run.

The Vermont Democratic Party canceled events planned for Friday and Saturday, where Avenatti was scheduled to speak, and is refunding ticket sales.