Michael Avenatti Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Violence UPDATED: Bail Set At $50K

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Word of Michael Avenatti being arrested in Los Angeles for domestic violence broke via TMZ, a site known for celebrity gossip. The Associated Press confirmed that Avenatti had indeed been arrested, and now BuzzFeed has obtained a statement that would seem to exculpate Avenatti, from his ex wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti’s, lawyer:

“My client and I have reviewed the TMZ article alleging that my client, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, has been injured and that Michael Avenatti has been arrested as a result of some incident that occurred between them. This article is not true as it pertains to my client,” the statement said. “Ms. Storie-Avenatti was not subject to any such incident on Tuesday night. Further, she was not at Mr. Avenatti’s apartment on the date that this alleged incident occurred. My client states that there has never been domestic violence in her relationship with Michael and that she has never known Michael to be physically violent toward anyone.”

“He hasn’t been officially booked. He is in the process,” LAPD Officer Jeff Lee told USA TODAY.

In a tweet, the LAPD wrote, “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.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

UPDATE: 7:00 p.m. PST

Evidently, the person making the charge is not his ex wife. It is a girlfriend or other domestic partner. No details are forthcoming about that.

More details as they become available.

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