After a chaotic night of being put behind bars after police arrested him for suspicion of domestic violence, attorney Michael Avenatti is now speaking out, claiming that he has “never struck a woman.”
Avenatti — infamously known as Stormy Daniels’ attorney and a man who opposes President Donald Trump — posted $50,000 bail, releasing him from custody.
In a brief news conference, the lawyer exclaimed that he has “never struck a woman” and is “confident” he will be “fully exonerated” after the domestic violence arrest.
Watch the video below:
Michael Avenatti following his arrest: "I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman." JL-144WE (RAW – JL-140WE) pic.twitter.com/iCZOTRmzuv
— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) November 15, 2018
“I want to thank the hard-working men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism and their work today. They had no option in light of the allegations,” Avenatti began, thanking the law enforcement.
“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. I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman.”
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The alleged incident leading to Avenatti’s arrest
TMZ reported that law enforcement arrested Avenatti on Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report.
According to TMZ, the alleged incident occurred on Tuesday with another episode occurring on Wednesday where the two were at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A.
The woman was seen on a sidewalk on the cell phone, a source told TMZ.
“I can’t believe you did this to me,” the woman said, apparently crying. “I’m going to get a restraining order against you.”
Avenatti apparently followed her back into the building, shouting, “She hit me first,” adding, “This is bulls**t, this is f***ing bulls**t,” TMZ reported.
The law enforcement told TMZ that the woman went back to the apartment she shared with Avenatti to retrieve her belongings after Avenatti “kicked her out of the apartment” — when she arrived there on Wednesday, she called 9-1-1 in case things escalated.
The woman was apparently “swollen and bruised” with “red marks” on both cheeks.
The law enforcement has since told TMZ that they’ve obtained an emergency protective order, which will not allow Avenatti to go near the alleged victim.
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.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
Avenatti’s estranged-wife explains she’s not the woman involved
After TMZ was originally told by sources that the woman was Avenatti’s “estranged wife,” Avenatti’s estranged-wife Lisa-Storie Avenatti posted a statement that it was “complete fabrication” and a “lie,” she told CNN.
“Bruises on my face? It is insanity. He wouldn’t hit anybody. Especially a woman. He’s got 2 daughters.”
A statement from her attorney made it clear she was not the woman present at the alleged incident:
“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.”
TMZ originally reported Avenatti’s “estranged wife” filed the report/ that her face was “swollen and bruised” but later removed “estranged wife” reference
Lisa-Storie Avenatti told @mj_lee she did not know whether the TMZ report may have been confusing her with a different woman
— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) November 15, 2018
Avenatti also reiterated his point that “I DID NOT commit domestic violence,” trying to clear his name from what was filed against him.
“I did not not strike any woman nor have I ever. I did not strike my ex-wife in the face nor did I hit anyone else in the face. I am a decent man & I look forward to being exonerated.”
I want to be clear: I DID NOT commit domestic violence nor have I ever committed domestic violence. I did not strike any woman nor have I ever. I did not strike my ex-wife in the face nor did I hit anyone else in the face. I am a decent man & I look forward to being exonerated.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 15, 2018
Avenatti is set to appear in court on December 5 at 8:30 a.m. to answer to the domestic violence allegations.