Why was Michael Avenatti recently arrested?
The attorney for porn actress and alleged Trump lover Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, has been arrested in Los Angeles. The reason is the allegation of domestic violence, said a police spokesman. Avenatti denied the allegations.
Accordingly, Avenatti was taken into custody on Wednesday after the police responded to an emergency call from a woman the day before. The arrest took place on the same block where Avenatti lives in a skyscraper apartment. The bail was set at $ 50,000, and the lawyer was released that evening
The woman's identity was not disclosed. Further details were not officially known at first either.
After his release on Wednesday evening (local time), Avenatti himself spoke of "false accusations" in front of running TV cameras. He has never mistreated anyone, he respects all women. "I look forward to my full discharge," he said. In a later statement from his law firm, he described the allegations as a "complete hoax" aimed at damaging his reputation.
The lawyer is said to have mistreated the woman according to a report in the online magazine "TMZ.com". Citing police sources, the report said that Avenatti beat the woman and threw her out of the apartment.
Feud with Trump
Avenatti gained fame primarily through Stormy Daniels. According to his own account, his client had sex with Donald Trump, who was married at the time, in 2006, which the current US President has denied.
At the center of the legal dispute in which Avenatti represents her, there is a hush-money agreement in the amount of 130,000 dollars, for which the porn actress with the real name Stephanie Clifford was supposed to keep the alleged affair under cover. Daniels has sued for the deal to be terminated.
In the past few months, Avenatti has drawn attention to himself with a feud against Trump and his followers. Most recently, Avenatti has also brought himself into play as a possible candidate in the 2020 presidential election. After the arrest became known, the Vermont Democrats canceled a planned appearance by the attorney.
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