Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, has been arrested in Los Angeles on charges of domestic violence.
According to the Associated Press, Avenatti, who is representing Daniels in a lawsuit against Donald Trump, was taken into custody on Wednesday after police responded to a domestic violence incident on Tuesday and took a report. The police department told the AP the investigation was still ongoing and as of Wednesday afternoon Avenatti remained in custody.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the arrest via Twitter, tweeting, “We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence.”
The Vermont Democratic Party released a statement announcing they would be cancelling an event planned over the weekend featuring Avenatti as a speaker, saying, “It has been widely reported by the Washington Post and other outlets that Michael Avenatti has been arrested in Los Angeles, California on charges of suspected felony domestic violence. The Vermont Democratic Party has cancelled Mr. Avenatti’s forthcoming scheduled appearance in Vermont, and will be refunding all ticket sales.”
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 took to social media overnight stating his innocence in a tweet, writing, “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 not did I hit anyone in the face. I am a decent man & look forward to being exonerated.”