Michael Avenatti arrested for felony domestic assault



Avenatti’s statement after leaving the police station.


Avenatti has posted bail and made his first public statements following the incident. As he walked out of the police station, the porn star lawyer told reporters that he “has never struck a woman” and that he was very confident that he would be fully exonerated after a police investigation.

According to the Associated Press, Officer Tony Im, a police spokesman, said that the victim had “visible injuries.” It remains unclear what relationship the woman had with Avenatti.


“I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. 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.”


Avenatti was held on $50,000 bail.


TMZ has now corrected their initial report. It has become clear to all that Avenatti did NOT hit his estranged wife. He hit another woman.


LAPD has finally weighed in.


Buzzfeed apparently reached out to the wife of Avenatti and she, through her lawyers, has refuted the claim that she filed the report. Avenatti is certainly in custody but this story is very much in a developing stage.


The controversial lawyer that has been a thorn in the side of the Trump administration has some legal troubles of his own. 

Michael Avenatti was arrested Wednesday and his estranged wife has filed a report of domestic assault claiming that Avenatti hit her. For his part, Avenatti doesn’t seem to be denying that fact—he allegedly told police that his wife hit him first.

“Hit back harder” is Avenatti’s motto?


According to sources that spoke to TMZ, his wife’s face was “swollen and bruised.”

Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after his estranged wife filed a felony DV report. We’re told her face was “swollen and bruised” with “red marks” on both cheeks. 

Our sources say the alleged incident occurred Tuesday night, but there was another confrontation Wednesday between the two at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A. 

We’re told Wednesday afternoon the wife 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, running 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.  

This is a developing story and we will update you with more information as it arrives. But some outlets won’t keep you in the loop…

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