Michael Avenatti, whose representation of Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump has vaulted the L.A. attorney into the national spotlight, was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles for suspected domestic violence.
News reports say Avenatti was taken into custody after a woman filed a felony domestic violence police report. TMZ, which broke the news today, said the alleged incident occurred Tuesday night, and a second confrontation occurred today at an apartment building in Century City. He was taken into custody in the building’s lobby, the site reports.
Sources told TMZ that the woman’s face was “swollen and bruised” with “red marks” on her cheeks. The LAPD, when contacted by Deadline, confirmed Avenatti’s arrest but had no further details. He has not yet been booked.
Avenatti has become a talk-show and cable news regular since Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) filed a suit against Trump and his then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen disputing the validity of a non-disclosure agreement between Daniels, an adult porn star, and Trump, after media reports surfaced that the two had an affair.
The lawyer also has been mulling a presidential run of his own as he has become a thorn in Trump’s side, recently saying he is seriously evaluating a 2020 bid and that he plans to arrive at a decision by early next year. He even attended key events in Iowa, where the first presidential primaries (in Iowa’s case, a caucus) are held every four years.
Deadline’s David Robb and Dawn Chmielewski contributed to this report.