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  • Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film actress
    Stormy Daniels, denied all allegations of domestic violence

    following his arrest in West Los Angeles
    on
    Wednesday.
  • Avenatti was booked and released on suspicion of felony
    domestic violence, the LAPD said, adding that it was “an
    ongoing investigation.”
  • Avenatti’s bail was set at $50,000.
  • The allegation against Avenatti, a prospective
    candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, has already
    shaken some Democrats and led to the cancellation of his
    speaking appearances.

Michael Avenatti, the firebrand attorney for adult-film actress
Stormy Daniels, denied all
allegations of domestic violence
 following his arrest in
West Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“I wish to thank the hard working men and [women] of the LAPD for
their professionalism they [sic] were only doing their jobs in
light of the completely bogus allegations against me,” Avenatti
said in a statement.
 
“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,” he added. “I look forward to being
fully exonerated.”
 
Avenatti was booked and released on suspicion of felony domestic
violence, the LAPD said, adding that it was “an ongoing
investigation.” Avenatti’s bail is set at $50,000 and he is
prohibited from going near the alleged victim by a emergency
protective order,
TMZ reported


WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Stormy Daniels and attorney Michael Avenatti are seen at The Abbey on May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
Attorney Michael Avenatti
and his client, adult-film actress Stormy
Daniels.


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“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,” Avenatti said to reporters
after his release on Wednesday night.”I am not going to be
intimidated from stopping what I am doing.”

The domestic violence allegation, first reported by TMZ on
Wednesday, claimed that it involved Lisa Storie-Avenatti, his
estranged wife. Attorneys for Storie-Avenatti denied her
involvement and described the allegation as false.

“This article is not true as it pertains to my
client,” Storie-Avenatti’s attorneys said in a statement to
BuzzFeed News. “Ms.
Storie-Avenatti was not subject to any such incident on Tuesday
night.

“Further, she was not at Mr. Avenatti’s apartment on the date
that this alleged incident occurred,” the attorneys added. “My
client states that there has never been domestic violence in her
relationship with Michael and that she has never known Michael to
be physically violent toward anyone.”
 
Avenatti’s first wife, Christine Avenatti-Carlin, also denied the
characterization, according to BuzzFeed News.
 
“Michael has always been a loving, kind father to our two
daughters and husband,” attorneys for Avenatti-Carlin said in a
statement. “He has never been abusive to me or anyone else. He is
a very good man.”

TMZ later added an editor’s note saying that its correspondent
was “initially told by … sources the alleged victim was
Avenatti’s estranged wife,” and that it had in fact “involved a
different woman.”

The allegation against Avenatti, a prospective candidate in the
2020 US presidential election, has already shaken some Democrats.
The Vermont Democratic Party canceled several events featuring
Avenatti and said it “will be refunding all ticket sales,”
according to
The Hill
.

Actress and women’s rights advocate Alyssa Milano also distanced
herself from Avenatti and described the developments as “totally
disgusting.”

“And before anyone asks me, yes, I’m disavowing Avenatti,”
Milano tweeted on Wednesday, before adding a subtle jab with
Avenatti’s signature hashtag. “I do not care what side he’s on.
#Basta.”

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