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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a chief critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was taken into police custody Wednesday following an allegation of domestic violence, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Police had responded to a domestic violence incident Tuesday and took a report, but Avenatti was taken into custody Wednesday, the official said.
The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Avenatti remained in custody Wednesday afternoon and a call and text message seeking comment weren't immediately returned.
Avenatti, who has said he's mulling a 2020 presidential run, became famous as Daniels' lawyer and pursued the president and those close to him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his lawyers in tweets.
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 that prevents her discussing it. She also sued Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleging defamation.
We must believe all women, right Michael?
Apparently the woman was not his estranged wife. I also saw that he said that "the woman hit him 1st". Meaning that he did strike her. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. LOL
Actress Mareli Miniutti files restraining order against Michael Avenatti
Actress Mareli Miniutti has filed for a restraining order against Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represents adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump.
Miniutti filed the petition seeking the restraining order in Los Angeles County Superior Court Monday.
According to IMDB, Miniutti, who is reportedly in her 20s and from Estonia, has had credited roles in such movies as Sargasso and Forgetting Sandy Glass, and uncredited roles in Ocean’s 8 and How to be Single.
Her Instagram account has been set to private.
Online records show a Mareli Miniutti was a resident of Los Angeles, and a former New York resident. A man listed as her agent told Buzzfeed News he no longer represents her.
Avenatti was taken into police custody in Los Angeles on November 14 following an accusation of domestic violence. The Los Angeles Police Department did not disclose the identity of his accuser.
Blast News was the first to report that Miniutti had applied for a restraining order against Avenatti. The application did not detail the grounds for the request, according to reports.
In a tweet Monday night, Avenatti responded to domestic violence allegations, claiming he was a “target.”
“I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts. I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated,” tweeted the attorney.
And later on Monday he tweeted “There is nothing more powerful than video evidence. NOTHING! I will be fully exonerated.”
The lawyer has become a regular guest on network news, and is a nonstop critic of the Trump administration.
He was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence after an alleged incident in West Los Angeles.
"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," the LAPD Twitter account posted.
In a statement last week, Avenatti called the allegations "completely bogus."
A hearing on the restraining order filing is set for early December.
Stormy Daniels says Michael Avenatti filed Trump defamation lawsuit without telling her
Stormy Daniels said Wednesday that her attorney Michael Avenatti filed her defamation lawsuit against President Trump without telling her.
The porn star who claims to have had a brief affair with Mr. Trump also said she has seen none of the crowdfunding money that Mr. Avenatti has raised on her behalf and that he even started a second such campaign without her knowledge.
“For months I’ve asked Michael Avenatti to give me accounting information about the fund my supporters so generously donated to for my safety and legal defense. He has repeatedly ignored those requests. Days ago I demanded again, repeatedly, that he tell me how the money was being spent and how much was left. Instead of answering me, without my permission or even my knowledge Michael launched another crowdfunding campaign to raise money on my behalf. I learned about it on Twitter,” she told the Daily Beast.
The actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford accused Mr. Avenatti, who has become a talk-show staple and a potential Democratic presidential contender, of not acting in her best interests.
“In other ways Michael has not treated me with the respect and deference an attorney should show to a client. He has spoken on my behalf without my approval. He filed a defamation case against Donald Trump against my wishes. … I don’t want to hurt Michael, but it’s time to set the record straight. The truth has always been my greatest ally,” Ms. Clifford said.
And while Ms. Clifford called her attorney “a great advocate in many ways,” she is unsure whether she will keep him on the case.
“I haven’t decided yet what to do about legal representation moving forward,” she said.
When the Daily Beast shared Ms. Clifford’s statement with Mr. Avenatti, he denied cheating her of any money, but did not rebut her claim that he had sued Mr. Trump without her knowledge.
“I have always been an open book with Stormy as to all aspects of her cases and she knows that. The retention agreement Stormy signed back in February provided that she would pay me $100.00 and that any and all other monies raised via a legal fund would go toward my legal fees and costs. Instead, the vast majority of the money raised has gone toward her security expenses and similar other expenses. The most recent campaign was simply a refresh of the prior campaign, designed to help defray some of Stormy’s expenses,” he said.
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