Avenatti was arrested by LAPD Wednesday on domestic violence charges, police announced.
Avenatti was arrested just after 2 p.m. Wednesday and booked into jail on a felony charge of “domestic violence with visible injury” about two hours later, the police said. Avenatti was released from jail about 5:30 p.m. local time after posting $50,000 bail
He is due in court on Dec. 5.
Despite being arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence, Michael Avenatti says he’s still considering a run for president in 2020.
“I’m still considering it,” Avenatti told USA TODAY.
“I will not be intimidated,” he added. “The measure of a person is how they get up when they are knocked down.”
Avenatti, who built his entire brand around being the pugnacious lawyer representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump.
Avenatti named his PAC Fight PAC and declared to a group of Iowa Democrats earlier this year “When they go low, I say, we hit harder.”
Regardless of the arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence, Avenatti would likely face a crowded field of high-caliber Democratic politicians in his pursuit for the party’s nomination. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), among others, are known to be considering bids themselves.
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