Michael Avenatti arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesMichael Avenatti.
  • Star attorney Michael Avenatti was taken into police custody on Wednesday amid accusations of domestic violence, the Associated Press reported, citing a Los Angeles Police Department official.
  • Police had responded to a domestic incident and took a report on the matter one day earlier, the AP said.
  • Avenatti represents the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who has been involved in an ongoing legal dispute over a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with President Donald Trump.
  • The lawyer has recently stoked rumours of a 2020 presidential run on the Democratic ticket.

Attorney Michael Avenatti was taken into police custody on Wednesday amid accusations of domestic violence, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing a Los Angeles Police Department official. The LAPD later confirmed the news.

“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,” the department said.

Avenatti denies any wrongdoing.

Police had responded to a domestic incident and took a report on the matter one day earlier, the AP reported. It was not immediately clear who made the accusation.

TMZ first reported the news, citing its own sources who alleged that Avenatti’s wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, was involved. The celebrity tabloid later removed the reference after attorneys for Storie-Avenatti said she made no such claim of domestic violence against Michael Avenatti, BuzzFeed News reported.

According to CNN political correspondent M.J. Lee, Storie-Avenatti said, “I haven’t seen Michael in months. It’s a complete fabrication.”

“He wouldn’t hit anybody. Especially a woman. He’s got two daughters,” Storie-Avenatti said, according to Lee.

Avenatti represents the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who has been involved in an ongoing legal dispute over a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with President Donald Trump.

That nondisclosure agreement stems from Daniels’ assertion that she and Trump had a sexual relationship in 2006. Daniels was paid $US130,000 to keep quiet about the claim ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Avenatti has recently stoked rumours of a 2020 presidential run on the Democratic ticket.

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