Los Angeles, CA – Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels, has been arrested by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers for felony domestic violence.
“We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available,” LAPD posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
According to TMZ, an unidentified woman filed a police report with LAPD for felony domestic violence.
TMZ reports that her face was “swollen and bruised” and she had “red marks” on both cheeks.
The celebrity gossip site also claims that the victim was seen screaming into a cell phone, “I can’t believe you did this to me. I’m going to get a restraining order against you.”
Building security escorted her inside, according to TMZ.
Avenatti then allegedly showed up screaming “She hit me first,” according to TMZ.
After an initial investigation, LAPD determined that there was probable cause to arrest Avenatti for felony domestic violence.
Avenatti has since released a statement from his law office which says, “I wish to thank the hard working man and women of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
Avenatti has made the news for representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, and has been accused of lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee with accusations about Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
He make frequent appearances on CNN and has discussed running for president against President Trump.
In October, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray asking them to investigate potentially false statements made by Avenatti, or his client Julie Swetnick in regards to the Kavanaugh investigation.
Grassley’s letter notes “potential violations” of federal criminal law, specifically “conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress.”
“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chair wrote, according to CNN.
“But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth,” he continued.
More specifically, Grassley said that when the Judiciary Committee was investigating allegations by Christine Blasey Ford during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, Avenatti suddenly announced new claims by Swetnick that conflicted with statements made during an Oct. 1 interview with NBC News.
A statement issued by the Judiciary Committee explained the nature of their concerns in more detail.
“Swetnick made her allegations in a sworn statement to the committee on September 26. In an October 1 interview with NBC News, however, Swetnick specifically and explicitly back-tracked or contradicted key parts of her sworn statement on these and other allegations,” the committee wrote.
“In subsequent interviews, Avenatti likewise cast serious doubt on or contradicted the allegations while insisting that he had thoroughly vetted his client,” the statement read.