6:12 PM — Avenatti was just released and addressed the media outside the police station denying all claims of domestic violence, saying, “I’ve never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman.”
He continued by saying he’s been an advocate for women’s rights, will continue to fight for the opposite sex, and is looking forward to a full investigation.
.@MichaelAvenatti addresses the allegations against him as he walks out of LAPD’s Pacific Divison. Avenatti was arrested today on suspicion of domestic violence. Stay with @ABC7 for the latest #michaelavenatti pic.twitter.com/MAAe7BmxmE
— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) November 15, 2018
According to the LAPD, cops responded to a domestic violence call on Tuesday and took a report from the alleged victim.
Avenatti was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon and is currently being booked.
A report stating the victim was Avenatti’s estranged wife was proven to be incorrect. Lisa-Storie Avenatti told CNN, “I haven’t see [sic] Michael in months. It’s a complete fabrication. It’s a lie. It’s all a lie. I haven’t seen him in three months. He wouldn’t hit anyone.”
Avenatti denied the allegations against him, saying in a statement, “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.”
The LAPD commented on the arrest, saying, “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.”