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Michael Avenatti on Tuesday announced that he will not run for president in 2020.
The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels had been toying with the idea as he went after President Donald Trump, both in the courtroom and over Twitter.
Avenatti said in a statement via social media that he did not make the decision “lightly” and was doing it “out of respect for my family.”
In the same statement, Avenatti said he would continue to represent Daniels, who recently reportedly said the lawyer sued the president this year without her permission.
This summer, Avenatti declared that Hollywood would likely back him in a presidential run. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he had met with actors, industry executives and agents. “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 said.
The attorney made even more news in recent weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Originally booked as a felony charge, the case was filed by Los Angeles police with the district attorney’s office. That office declined the charge and sent the case to the city attorney’s office, who is reviewing it for misdemeanor consideration.
According to the Associated Press, actress Mareli Miniutti, who claims she has been living with Avenatti since January, alleges that he dragged her across the floor of their Los Angeles apartment after an argument. She also alleges he was verbally abusive. Avenatti has vehemently maintained his innocence.
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