Michael Avenatti—the lawyer to porn star Stormy Daniels and discredited Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick, and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—has been arrested for beating a woman.
Avenatti, who ironically runs the anti-Trump “Fight PAC,” was booked at 3:44pm Pacific Time on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. He was charged with domestic violence with injuries and his bail was set at $50,000. The police have forwarded the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney for prosecution.
According to police, the woman that Avenatti beat—who has not been named—suffered “visible injuries,” including bruises.
After posting bail, Avenatti gave a statement, saying he expected to be “fully exonerated.”
“First of all, I want to thank the hardworking men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism and their work today. They had no option in light of the allegations. Secondly, I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate,” Avenatti said. “I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart, daughters. I would never disrespect them 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. I also want to thank everyone for their support that has reached out. You know my character. You know me as a man and I appreciate it. Thank you.”
Avenatti is due in court on December 5.