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Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

LOS ANGELES — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said.

The alleged victim in the case had visible injuries, according to Officer Tony Im, a police spokesman.

Avenatti called the allegation ‘‘completely bogus’’ and ‘‘fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation’’ in a statement released by his law firm.

Avenatti, who has said he’s mulling a 2020 presidential run, posted $50,000 bail and was released about four hours after he was arrested Wednesday on the same block where he lives in a skyscraper apartment.


Police declined to provide any details about the alleged victim, including that person’s relationship to

As he left the police station Wednesday, Avenatti said he had never hit a woman and said he’s been an advocate for women’s rights his entire career.

Avenatti became famous as Daniels’s lawyer and pursued the president and those close to him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his lawyers in tweets.

associated press