A film actress filed a restraining order Monday against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti just days after he was arrested for domestic abuse charges in Los Angeles, reports Fox News.
Mareli Miniutti -who recently appeared in Hollywood blockbuster ‘Ocean’s 8’- filed a “domestic violence restraining order” this week in Los Angeles. It remains uncertain if the actress is the same woman who accused Avenatti of abuse last week.
Avenatti commented on the report via social media, posting “I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts. I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated.”
I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts. I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 20, 2018
Avenatti vehemently denies all charges against him, adding “I have never been physically abusive in my life […] “Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation.”
AVENATTI UPDATE: Michael Avenatti Speaks with Reporters after Arrest in LA
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti spoke with reporters Wednesday night after his sudden arrest on charges of ‘Felony Domestic Violence,’ saying he would “never strike a woman” and will be “fully exonerated” in time.
“I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing,” said Michael Avenatti Wednesday night after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence earlier in the day. https://t.co/WtVskGeTxu pic.twitter.com/p9lTq2BFIH
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2018
“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 being an advocate. I’m not going to be intimidated from stopping what I’m doing,” said Avenatti.
“I’m the 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 I will be fully exonerated,” he added.
REPORT: Michael Avenatti ARRESTED for 'Felony Domestic Violence' in LA
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was reportedly arrested Wednesday evening on charges of ‘Felony Domestic Violence’ in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.
“Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We’re told her face was ‘swollen and bruised’ with ‘red marks’ on both cheeks,” writes TMZ. “Our sources say the alleged incident occurred Tuesday night, but there was another confrontation Wednesday between the two at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.