Michael Avenatti, lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and an avid Trump critic, is speaking out following his arrest Wednesday afternoon on charges of domestic violence.
The 47-year-old attorney first thanked the Los Angeles Police Department “for their professionalism,” noting they had to take action “in light of the completely bogus allegations against me.”
He then went on to deny any wrongdoing.
“I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night,” Avenatti explained. “Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
Avenatti: "I would never disrespect [my daughters] by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated." pic.twitter.com/zwxIGCtS9r
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 15, 2018
ABC News was first to report Avenatti’s arrest. The cantankerous lawyer was booked at 3:44 p.m. on a charge of domestic violence with injuries.
The LAPD confirmed the charge against Avenatti and noted his $50,000 bail.
Update: We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
It should be noted that both Avenatti’s ex-wife and his estranged wife released statements — the latter through her attorney — saying the attorney was never violent with them. His next court date is set for Dec. 5.