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The lawyer for Stormy Daniels (nee Stephanie Clifford) was arrested Nov. 14 by Los Angeles police and booked on a felony count of domestic violence after a report was filed against him the day before.
Immediately after he posted a $50,000 bail, Avenatti told reporters — and later tweeted — that the accusations made against him by an unidentified victim were completely false. He also alluded to being set up by Jacob Wohl, the die-hard Trump supporter who made headlines after his scheme to frame Robert Mueller imploded.
Avenatti said of Wednesday’s decision by the D.A. that he was “grateful for justice.”
According to the Associated Press, actress Mareli Miniutti, who claims she’s been living with Avenatti since January, alleged he dragged her across the floor of their Los Angeles apartment after an argument. She also alleges he was verbally abusive.
The lawyer, who rose to fame as the attorney for Daniels in her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump, has emerged as a vocal and harsh critic of the president in seemingly ubiquitous appearances on cable news, in fiery tweets and in public appearances.
“There’s only one way that these tweets and this behavior and this conduct and this misogyny is going to end, and it’s only going to end if you displace Donald Trump from the presidency of the United States,” the lawyer said recently at Politicon.
Avenatti has been hinting at a 2020 bid for the U.S. presidency, recently visiting states including Iowa, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Illinois. He also been engaging with potential supporters in Hollywood.
“A number of people have stepped forward and said that they would do whatever I needed in the way of financial support, as well as introductions, hosting events, things of that nature,” Avenatti told The Hollywood Reporter in August.
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