An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges that he dragged her throughout the ground of his Los Angeles condominium after an argument over cash, in accordance with courtroom paperwork obtained Tuesday by The Related Press.
Mareli Miniutti wrote in a sworn assertion that throughout the argument, Avenatti shouted expletives at her and advised her she was “ungrateful” earlier than he hit her within the face with pillows. She stated Avenatti tried to drag her out of a mattress in his visitor bed room and snatched her cellphone away earlier than she screamed for assist.
Avenatti, who was arrested final week on a felony home violence cost, known as the allegations “fully false.” He is scheduled to look in courtroom subsequent month.
Avenatti, who’s mulling a presidential run, is finest often known as the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has stated she had intercourse with Donald Trump in 2006, a declare the present U.S. president denies. As Daniels’ lawyer, Avenatti has pursued the president and people near him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his attorneys in tweets.
Requested about Avenatti’s arrest, Trump stated Tuesday, “I want him the most effective of luck.”
In her request for a restraining order in opposition to Avenatti, Miniutti stated she was sporting solely a T-shirt and underpants when he grabbed her by the arm and dragged her out of the mattress. The order was granted Monday.
She stated she was scratched on her aspect and leg. Court docket papers embody pictures that seem to indicate bruises.
Miniutti stated she finally ran again into the bed room, placed on pants and ran to a service elevator, driving to the foyer with Avenatti. A buddy picked her up and took her to the buddy’s dwelling, the place she known as Los Angeles police.
Avenatti was launched on $50,000 bail after his arrest final Wednesday. Prosecutors haven’t formally filed fees.
Avenatti’s attorneys despatched a letter to Los Angeles detectives Monday that stated he did not inflict any accidents and had by no means been bodily confrontational with anybody. The letter was supplied to the AP by an individual accustomed to the investigation who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the state of affairs.
In a press release, Avenatti stated: “There’s in depth proof that demonstrates that these allegations are fabricated, together with a number of safety cameras. I will probably be totally vindicated when all of that is stated and accomplished.”
He has additionally known as for his condominium constructing to launch surveillance video that he says would assist his claims, though the violence described by Miniutti wouldn’t have occurred within the constructing’s public areas.
Miniutti stated this was the second such incident between her and Avenatti. She stated Avenatti in February pushed her out of one other condominium they have been sharing right into a hallway, the place she struck her head in opposition to a door.
She described Avenatti as “verbally abusive and financially controlling.”