Michael Avenatti is accused of attacking his girlfriend and dragging her around the apartment floor while calling her an “Ungrateful f*cking bitch,” this according to the declaration submitted by Mareli Miniutti.
Miniutti claims she had been living with Stormy Daniels’ attorney since January, and on November 13, they got into an argument over money. She claims Avenatti called her an “Ungrateful f*cking bitch” and began forcefully hitting her in the face with pillows from the bed.
She says Avenatti exclaimed, “Do not disrespect me,” and then told her she could not sleep in his house that night. She says he grabbed the “wrist of my right arm,” and “attempted to pull me out of bed.”
Miniutti claims she tried texting a friend for help, but claims Avenatti grabbed the cell phone. The actress says he remained very close to her and she was afraid for her safety.
Avenatti then allegedly grabbed her by the arm and dragged her out of bed, on the floor and through the apartment and out the front door into the hallway. Miniutti claims she was injured while being dragged, and provided pictures of her alleged injuries in her court filing.
The actress says she was in her underwear and also suffered scratches to her back. After being dragged into the hallway, Miniutti says she began ringing a neighbor’s doorbell until Avenatti allegedly ran out and pulled her back into his apartment.
She says she then put on pants, and ran out of the apartment to a nearby elevator, and was followed by Avenatti. She says the attorney begged her, “Don’t do this Mareli, don’t involve them.”
Miniutti says she told security about the alleged attack, and had a friend pick her up for the night. At her friend’s house, the actress says she noticed red marks on her body, and called police to report the incident.
She claims she showed back up to Avenatti’s apartment the following morning and was let in by security. Avenatti also showed up, and Miniutti explains she was told he had been arrested and then provided her statement to detectives.
Miniutti claims this incident is not the first time Avenatti has been aggressive, and describes an incident back in February where she claims the attorney “had been drinking, and became angry at me.” She claims he pushed her into the hallway, causing her to hit her head, and then threw her shoes, which struck her leg.
The actress says Avenatti has a history of being verbally abusive and financially controlling. She says he has “vehemently opposed my desire to earn a living outside of Hollywood,” and has “made promises to ‘take care of me.'”
However, she claims to be afraid of Avenatti and wants him kept away.
The Blast broke the story, actress Mareli Miniutti, who hails from Estonia, filed for the domestic violence restraining order against Avenatti on Monday.
Avenatti was arrested last week at his apartment in L.A. after Miniutti accused him of getting physical. He has denied being abusive to anyone, and also doubled down that the claims by Miniutti are “bogus” and he will be “exonerated.”
Late Monday night, Avenatti also suggested that video surveillance of the alleged incident may exist, and hinted that Miniutti’s social media posts contradict her claims.
Miniutti’s temporary restraining order was granted, and the two are scheduled to be in court next month.