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.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
Initially, TMZ had reported the incident involved Avenatti’s estranged wife, Lisa Storie Avenatti. They then issued a correction, writing, “We were initially told by our sources the alleged victim was Avenatti’s estranged wife. We now know it was not. The incident involved a different woman”
Fox News reports:
The charges arose from an alleged Tuesday incident, prompting authorities to respond and take a report, an unidentified law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Avenatti released a statement through his law office denying the allegations.
“I wish to thank the hard working men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me,” the statement said. “I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
He then held a press conference where he again, denied the allegations:
Avenatti’s first wife, Christine Avenatti-Carlin, released a statement, defending her ex-husband as a “very good man.”
Avenatti’s first wife, Christine Avenatti-Carlin, has also provided a statement tonight, via his office: “He has never been abusive to me or anyone else. He is a very good man.” pic.twitter.com/XM05v0M0p7
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) November 15, 2018
Lisa Storie-Avenatti’s attorney also released a statement which reads, in part, “this article is not true as it pertains to my client.”
New: Statement from Lisa-Storie Avenatti's lawyer: pic.twitter.com/dMOgAZ4qPX
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) November 15, 2018