Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels who says she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump, was arrested after his estranged wife filed a felony domestic violence report.
Michael Avenatti, a frequent President Trump critic and the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, made bail Wednesday evening after his arrest earlier on domestic violence charges and said he will be “fully exonerated.”
He later appeared before a group of reporters, again denying the accusations and thanking the LAPD, who he said "had no option in light of the allegations."
"I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing," he continued. "I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident I will be fully exonerated. I also want to thank everyone for their support that has reached out. You know my character. You know me as a man and I appreciate it."
Video: Michael Avenatti: I am not going to be intimidated
Avenatti was formally charged with felony domestic violence and his bail was set at $50,000, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told Fox News.
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TMZ, which first reported news of the arrest, said that the lawyer "kicked" a woman "out of the apartment." The outlet initially reported that the alleged incident involved Avenatti's estranged wife, before later describing the individual simply as a woman. The report, citing an unnamed law enforcement source, said the woman's face was "swollen and bruised."
Video: Michael Avenatti in custody on suspicion of domestic violence
Avenatti, who in the past has said he’s exploring a 2020 presidential run against Trump, garnered attention when he began representing Daniels.
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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and has sued to invalidate the confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. She also sued Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleging defamation.
"We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence," the LAPD tweeted. "This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available."
Video: Stormy Daniels Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence | TMZ News
She hit me first: Michael Avenatti arrested for assaulting ex-wife
The charges arose from an alleged Tuesday incident, prompting authorities to respond and take a report, an unidentified law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Fox News Lee Ross, Corbett Riner, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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