Michael Avenatti filed for divorce from his wife Lisa Storie Avenatti in December of 2017. The couple had been married since May of 2011.
Wednesday, Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence in Los Angeles.
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.
Few other details were immediately available including who might be the alleged victim.
But it wasn’t Lisa Storie Avenatti. She says he would never hit anyone.
She says not only was she not injured and not at his apartment, she has never known him to be physically violent. She and her attorney called a TMZ story alleging she was attacked by her former husband untrue. TMZ has since changed the story to say a “woman” is the alleged victim.
And she went further: “I haven’t see Michael in months. It’s a complete fabrication. Bruises on my face? It is insanity. He wouldn’t hit anybody. Especially a woman. He’s got two daughters.”
Avenatti’s first wife also said her former husband is non-violent.
Christine Avenatti-Carlin said “he has has never been abusive to me or anyone else. He is a very good man.”
“Please wait for facts. Plain and simple he does not hit women,” she wrote.
And Avenatti called the allegations “bogus” as he praised the LAPD for doing its job.
“I have never been physically abusive in my life …” his law firm said in a statement to Buzzfeed News.
Avenatti is a high-profile lawyer, possible presidential candidate, a self-described feminist – with two teen-aged daughters – and an outspoken critic of Pres. Trump. Avenatti represents Stormy Daniels and Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick.
Avenatti has been estimated to be worth about $20 million. He’s won more than $1 billion in judgments for clients in high-profile and well-publicized cases throughout his career.
In March of 2018, Heavy obtained Avenatti’s divorce court documents. The court papers offer a peek into the high-end lifestyle he and his former wife Lisa, 49, enjoyed.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Michael Avenatti Filed For Divorce After Lisa Storie Avenatti Asked Him to Leave Their Home
According to Orange County, California court documents, Avenatti filed for divorce from his wife, Lisa-Storie Avenatti, in December 2017, after she asked him to leave their house and changed the locks, he said in the court documents. Demand that I leave the family residence in an effort to avoid confrontation and for the benefit of person and I love the family residence subsequently she locked me out of our home by changing the locks and access codes only was…
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