Beth jumped on this last night, but creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested on domestic violence charges. It was not due to an altercation with his estranged wife, as originally reported, but another woman. He was released on $50,000 bail. Reportedly, some physical confrontation occurred between the porn lawyer and another woman, Avenatti claims she hit him first (via Washington Examiner):
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.
Police declined to provide any details about the alleged victim, including that person’s relationship to Avenatti.
As he left the police station Wednesday, Avenatti said he had never hit a woman and said he’s been an advocate for women’s rights his entire career.
“I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism and their work today. They had no option in light of the allegations,” Avenatti said. “I am looking forward to a full investigation, at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.”
TMZ initially reported that Michale Avenatti was arrested for an incident involving his estranged wife. The story's been updated to remove reference of wife — now just says "a woman." (No correction note)
I spoke with Avenatti's wife on the phone. “I haven’t see Michael in months. It’s a complete fabrication," she said. “Bruises on my face? It is insanity. He wouldn’t hit anybody. Especially a woman. He’s got two daughters.”
New statement from @MichaelAvenatti via his law office: “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.” pic.twitter.com/f2fnThdt7O
He is adamant that he will be exonerated of the charges. Nevertheless, the Vermont Democratic Party has cancelled their planned events with Avenatti, a potential 2020 candidate, and has refunded all ticket sales.