LOS ANGELES: Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who’s sparred with President Donald Trump on behalf of an adult film star and has flirted with running for president himself, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
Avenatti was arrested earlier Wednesday and remains in custody, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Mike Lopez, who declined to provide further details. The lawyer and his office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on his arrest.
The Southern California attorney shot to fame with his impassioned attacks on Trump while representing Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
She claims to have had a tryst with Trump in 2006 and has sought in court to nullify a US$130,000 (RM545,000) “hush payment” deal she struck with Trump’s longtime fixer Michael Cohen before the 2016 presidential election.
In the months leading up to Cohen’s guilty plea in August to campaign finance violations, Clifford’s case made a TV personality of Avenatti. But her lawsuit was put into jeopardy when both Trump and Cohen declared that they won’t seek to enforce the non-disclosure agreement.
Avenatti was ordered by a California state judge in October to pay US$4.85 million to an attorney who worked with him at his former law firm, Eagan Avenatti LLP.
Avenatti said at the time that the lawyer owes him more than US$7 million.