According to court records a film actress on Monday filed a restraining order against Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti – just days after he was detained by police on domestic violence charges,
Mareli Miniutti, an actress in her 20s, originally from Estonia who appeared in Ocean’s 8, filed the domestic violence restraining order Monday in Los Angeles, the report said. It wasn’t immediately clear if Miniutti was the woman who accused Avenatti of domestic violence last week. But since then it has been confirmed to be the young woman.
Miniutti has not immediately responded to any request for comment.
A hearing on the restraining order has been set for next month.
Avenatti was formally charged Wednesday with felony domestic violence, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told Fox News.
Police didn’t immediately disclose details about the arrest incident but Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman, said the victim has visible injuries.
TMZ first reported the domestic violence allegations and cited an unnamed law enforcement source who said the woman’s face was “swollen and bruised.”
In a tweet Monday night, Avenatti denied the domestic violence charges against him and said he looked forward to his name being cleared.
“I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts. I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated,” he tweeted.
I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts. I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 20, 2018
Avenatti also said Monday that conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl is behind the domestic abuse accusations against him. Wohl was involved in the allegations against special counsel Robert Mueller, in which women were reportedly offered money to fabricate sexual misconduct allegations against him.
“Jacob Wohl is a complete dirtbag. Dishonest. Unethical. Criminal. He had no right to come after Mueller or me. He will learn a very hard lesson through the judicial system. Very,” Avenatti tweeted.
Avenatti, an outspoken critic of President Trump and the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, was considered a rising star in the Democratic party as he weighed a presidential run in the 2020 election.
The Vermont Democratic Party canceled events planned for Friday and Saturday, where Avenatti was scheduled to speak, and is refunding ticket sales.
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