A report for the alleged abuse was filed Tuesday.
Michael Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence on Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
A report for the alleged abuse was filed Tuesday, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.
Avenatti is Stormy Daniels’ attorney. He has made a name for himself by going after President Trump and his White House.
Avenatti is awaiting booking, police said. It is unclear at which L.A. station he will be processed.
The lawyer, who rose to fame as the attorney for Stormy Daniels (nee Stephanie Clifford) in her defamation lawsuit against President Trump, has emerged as a vocal and harsh critic of the president in seemingly ubiquitous appearances on cable news, in fiery tweets and in public appearances. “There’s only one way that these tweets and this behavior and this conduct and this misogyny is going to end, and it’s only going to end if you displace Donald Trump from the presidency of the United States,” the lawyer said recently at Politicon.
Avenatti has recently been hinting at a 2020 bid for the U.S. presidency, recently visiting states including Iowa, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Illinois. He’s also been engaging with potential supporters in Hollywood: “A number of people have stepped forward and said that they would do whatever I needed in the way of financial support, as well as introductions, hosting events, things of that nature,” Avenatti told The Hollywood Reporter in August.
Since he began suggesting he would run for president, Avenatti has come under intense scrutiny for financial decisions. A report by The Daily Beast said that former companies owned by the lawyer owed millions in unpaid taxes and judgments. He was also ordered in October to pay $4.85 million to an attorney at a former law firm as part of a lawsuit over back pay.
The incident originally took place on Tuesday, but LAPD responded to the address Wednesday where Avenatti could be heard saying “She hit me first, This is bullsh–,” the website reported.
A woman ran out of the apartment building wearing sunglasses and saying on the phone, “I can’t believe you did this to me,” TMZ said.
Avenatti was reportedly still in police custody Wednesday evening.