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Police Arrest Michael Avenatti for Alleged Domestic Violence Against Ex-Wife

He reportedly said "she hit me first."

AvenattiAndrew Cullen/REUTERS/NewscomAttorney Michael Avenatti was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles on suspicion he committed felony domestic abuse, according to multiple media outlets.

Avenatti, who has represented a variety of odd characters in disputes with prominent conservatives—including Stormy Daniels and Julie Swetnick—is divorced. He was reportedly involved in some kind of altercation with his ex-wife, and she filed a police report. He is in custody and awaiting booking, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Details are scarce at this point, but a police source told TMZ that Avenatti claimed, "she hit me first" and "this is fucking bullshit."

Both of these statements could very well be true, and Avenatti is entitled to due process and a presumption of innocence. The public should also withhold ultimate judgment until we learn more facts.

That Avenatti now finds himself in the position of needing us to avoid reflexively believing the victim is somewhat ironic, of course, given that he likely participated in a scheme to derail the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with dubious sexual assault allegations. But con artists have rights too.

Avenatti has been mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential candidate for 2020—by himself, if no one else. One would hope that a domestic violence conviction would dash those aspirations, but even if Avenatti is entirely innocent and beats the rap, he still doesn't belong anywhere near the White House.

Photo Credit: Andrew Cullen/REUTERS/Newscom

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  • Bronze Khopesh||

    This guy, always finding a way to get back in the news.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    I don't think most normal people give a shit about him (and I'm guessing many don't know who the fuck he is), but Rico has a singular rage for him only because he thinks the guy is hurting the left and their cause.

  • Longtobefree||

    Accused. Immediate loss of job. Guilty as hell. Never again to be in front of a camera. Loss of lawyer license. Stripped of all social media accounts because he is a rapist.

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    Back in the 80s I saw him standing next to a punch bowl. A FUCKING PUNCH BOWL.

  • JesseAz||

    It was him or some other fake tanned male.

  • Juice||

    It was a drinking game, dammit!

  • Rock Lobster||

    Turds are drawn to the punch bowl as moths are to the flame.

    He cannot fight his destiny.

  • TangoDelta||

    What! Why was he fucking a punch bowl?!?

    Oh, my bad. I think...

  • Presskh||

    Probably all of the above will happen to Avenatti. Guilty and punishment by accusation alone - life's a real bitch for the left when they are forced to play by their own rules.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Oh damn it. Although he has never made my top tier of favorite 2020 candidates like Harris, Gillibrand, and Warren, I still considered him an acceptable alternative along with people like Joe Biden and Andrew Cuomo. And I thank him for his valuable contribution to the #CancelKavanaugh efforts. But now that he's been CREDIBLY ACCUSED? Well, we in the progressive / libertarian alliance take our #BelieveWomen mantra very seriously. Sorry, Mike. You'll never recover from this.

    #LibertariansAgainstAvenatti

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    What do you think of Tulsi Gabbard, OBL?

  • bevis the lumberjack||

    Well, #hertoo I guess. Can we just change the hashtag to #lookslikeitsprettymucheverybody?

    Gotta admit, it's a shame to witness the end of such a viable presidential contender.

    Pretty funny that the left adopted this guy with all of his glaring warts as somebody that "fights dirty like Trump". Say what you will about DJT, but at least there's no credible allegation that he's ever beaten the shit out of a woman. So it looks like Avenatti actually fights dirtier than Trump......

  • Caddyshack||

    Grab em' by the pussy, but not the throat.

  • JoeJoetheIdiotCircusBoy||

    At least he didn't grab her by the pussy...

  • Longtobefree||

    That allegation will come from the third woman to pile on - - - - - - - -

  • Jerryskids||

    And you know if he's doing this now, he's done it before. Better start checking those high school yearbooks, you'll find all the evidence you need that he's a serial abuser.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Pussy will come out of the woodwork to testify against him...under oath...with a team of lawyers.

  • Conchfritters||

    Avenatti has been mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential candidate for 2020.

    I think he would make an outstanding candidate for the democrats.

  • Sevo||

    Bubba and the hag agree he's well qualified.

  • CptNerd||

    He and his law firm apparently owe millions to the IRS, so he now meets all the qualifications to be a Democrat candidate.

  • Sevo||

    I never read whether Buffett finally settled with the IRS after owing them a ton while advocating for higher taxes (for others)

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    Trump vs. Avanatti in the 2020 general would be the most entertaining spectacle in the history of civilization. I predict the resulting popcorn shortage would lead to a level of price gouging never before seen.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    No way! Did you some Lefty leak that Hillary was running to test the waters?

    Hahahaha. It is her turn....again!

  • Philadelphia Collins||

    This should lock up the nomination.

  • JesseAz||

    It worked for bill. Avenettis problem is he doesn't have a cold and calculating wife to silence the abused woman.

  • Doug Heffernan||

    Who is the chick involved? The linked story says it is not either of Avenatti's ex-wives.

    We need to know who the chick is and why was she shacked up with Avenatti.

    Avenatti can't be happy that reason posted the story before knocking off for the day and then leaves the "ex-wife" copy up all night. At least TMZ shadow-edited their original story, removing the wife references, within 20 minutes.

    Reason needs to strive for the TMZ standard of prompt updating. Reason has Avenatti twisting in the wind as a wife-beater when that allegation was quickly proven false.

  • Rock Lobster||

    If not the candidate. But that's no hindrance for the Democrats, who are always eager to demonstrate the courage of their convictions.

  • Sovereign||

    OH NO! Why would his wife and him have any domestic issues its not like he....

  • Sovereign||

    Trump must have paid his wife to beat herself up and blame him after creating a false domestic situation. Fox news most likely reported this first and created this faux news cycle.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Ypu forgot aboit roooshians.

    They set up avenatti.

  • Sovereign||

    Completely forgot that Pootin sent a Rooshian mail order bride to Avanntee knowing he would fuck a pornstar and give her the excuse to create a domestic and get beat up to discredit him and keep Trump in power. Mueller will expose this with charges Thursday morning which will bring down DJT and end our national nightmare.

    P.S. Alex Jones is a conspiracy nut!

  • Rich||

    We're told Wednesday afternoon the woman was on the sidewalk on her cellphone with sunglasses covering her eyes, sobbing and screaming on the phone, "I can't believe you did this to me. I'm going to get a restraining order against you."

    On the *public* sidewalk? I believe *that* part.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    It's just this... this confirmation and that lying sonofabitch Trump!

  • Conchfritters||

    Know what I think? I think ex-Mrs. Avenatti should go home to Greenbow, Alabama.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Johnson is a lying son of a bitch.

    Sorry I had to fight in the middle of your black panther party.

  • Nardz||

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Sam M||

    "The public should also withhold ultimate judgment until we learn more facts"

    Why? Believe all women. Michael Avenatti told me so.

  • Caddyshack||

    I bet they give him the Brett Kavanaugh treatment and give him a trial.

  • DenverJ||

    he likely participated in a scheme to derail the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with dubious sexual assault allegations.

    Likely, he says.

  • Shirley Knott||

    It seems credible.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Karma: she truly is a heartless bitch.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    More like Dumbfuck Hihnsano is back.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Robby is so rabidly pro Trump. This is known.

  • Rock Lobster||

    Hihn emerges from his Thorazine coma to defend the honor of his hero.

    Priceless.

  • Fancylad||

    Here's Hihnny!

  • SIV||

    MAGA

    Still not tired of winning.

  • Juice||

    Micheal Avenatti Got Arrested

    lul

  • MotörSteve||

    *Thunderous Applause*

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    My Associates Going Away

    My Aide Getting Arrested

    My Attorney Giving Allocutions

    Carry on, clingers.

  • Sevo||

    Many Assholes Getting Arthur'd

  • Sovereign||

    That is a poor effort what are you some type of mouth breather?

  • Sovereign||

    Most Arthurs are Genuine Assholes

  • loveconstitution1789||

    MAGA is awesome!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Trump and how Lefties react about him is totally worth it.

  • Sevo||

    You cannot write satire anymore.
    First you get this ambulance-chaser and then any hope of making fun of idiots is gone, since Hihn will immediately lower the bar in front of you.

  • Agammamon||

    What, its not 'credible' that she didn't hit first?

  • JesseAz||

    The swollen face makes her claim plausible, but it won't be credible until 20 years from now.

  • Presskh||

    40 years later and mascara-running crocodile tears would make it believable beyond reproach!

  • Agammamon||

    Avenatti has been mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential candidate for 2020—by himself, if no one else. One would hope that a domestic violence conviction would dash those aspirations,

    Uhm, its the *Democratic Party*. Rape is ok with them - if the right people are doing it.

  • Longtobefree||

    What the hell, get drunk and drown her - - - - -

  • JesseAz||

    He may not be presidential material anymore, but I'm sure he can run for a state AG office... Maybe Minnesota.

  • The Knuckle||

    Yeah, well now we get Keith all to ourselves.

  • Fancylad||

    "It wasn't 'rape' rape".

  • Rob Misek||

    I wonder how many men are really victims of physical assault by a woman? I suspect it is far more prevalent than politically correct to recognize.

    Scenario; Dumb bitch losing argument somehow recognizes that you're enjoying yourself. Out come the cat claws in assault. You brush it off as crazy bitch and move on.

    Maybe we should be recording it to blackmail the bitch years later in the unlikely event she's worth anything.

  • Rich||

    "Say, you're *cute* when you're angry!"

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    People who care about this stuff know.

    In one case, I didn't care. Came outside one day to see cops picking up the neighbor. He was yelling about how *she* was the one who attacked him, I just smiled and went back inside not caring. Since our houses were like 5 feet apart, we'd been hearing him for years scream at her and threaten her and emotionally abuse her in general. No one else on the block heard this and everyone thought he was just the greatest guy. The facts don't have to be perfect for justice to be served.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    You live in a house that close to your neighbors?

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    Used to. Development from the 1920s. Boxed in real tight. Less privacy than sharing a wall in an apartment building.

  • Rock Lobster||

    Avenatti dindunuffin!

    The nefarious Rooskies set him up. Obviously.

  • Raoul Duke||

    Solid start to his 2020 campaign. I look forward to seeing what's next!

  • Rich||

    DNA test shows 1/1024 Italian?

  • Longtobefree||

    "Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles on suspicion he committed felony domestic abuse, according to multiple media outlets."

    So what the hell, Robby. Is a call to the LA cops beyond your technical capabilities, or are you just too lazy to contact the original source? Come on, cite a reliable verifiable source. TMZ?!? Really? So you are citing TMZ, who is citing unnamed sources. Are you really, really trying to make Trump's point?

  • CptNerd||

    "Freedom of the press".

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    FOX CNN MSNBC CBS NYT WaPost

    TMZ. I trust them more that the others.

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    "The public should also withhold ultimate judgment until we learn more facts."
    I've already judged Avenetti. This is a footnote.

  • JesseAz||

    I judged him months ago.

  • Ordinary Person||

    We never got a thorough vetting of Swetnick's claims about Kavanaugh because the Republicans refused to allow the FBI to probe the matter. Swetnick invited the FBI scrutiny while Kavanaugh ran from it.

  • JesseAz||

    God you're dumb.

  • Rich||

    And xi said "probe the matter"!

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    Dunno. Maybe they figured that after she recanted on network TV it wouldn't be a worthwhile use of taxpayer dollars. Just throwing that out there. Ya know,devil's advocate.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Didnt Hillary run from quite a few FBI investigations?

  • Sovereign||

    No. She never ran from something that they never bothered to actually do.

  • Echospinner||

    So looks like it was not his ex, btw have you seen her? Wow

  • MotörSteve||

    Give him his due process, of course. But we all know this motherfucker is guilty. Just another name on the list of "White Knight" Democrat men who turn out to be total scumbags.

  • Rock Lobster||

    In the spirit of Democratic standards of evidence and due process, leavened with a little plain spoken Texas sensibility, I say Avenatti deserves a fair trial...

    Followed by a first class hangin'!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    He should be disbarred from ever practicing law again.

    He's guilty and everyone should believe the accuser.

    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Be careful what you wish for Lefties because you are losing at the game you have been playing since the Democratic Party lost the Civil War.

  • crufus||

    Sounds like the bitch deserved it.

  • Echospinner||

    Sounds like that is going to be the defense strategy. Let's see how that plays out.

  • Johnny Lawrence||

    While I have the same smirk on myself as the rest of you, I'm a bit disappointed in the comments here.

    Robbie is usually a clown, but he is correct.

    Principles, not principals.

  • Johnny Lawrence||

    Or Robby, I guess. Should've just said The Hair.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    The Trump Curse strikes again.

  • Tony||

    Phew, he would have made a terrible president.

  • Sovereign||

    But if he won the D behind his name you would have voted for him.

  • Tony||

    Thankfully I won't have to, but you are correct that I am on record as a firm supporter of Potted Plant (D).

  • Sovereign||

    The sad part is that you feel like a letter controls you behavior. As a true libertarian I prefer my potted plant un potted and wild.

  • Tony||

    Hey I'm cool with uncircumcised too, but let's stick to the point. Hat Stand (D) also has my full support.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Please, won't somebody speak up for this defender of chaste, unimpeachable women???

  • Echospinner||

    Speaking of chaste unimpeachable women

    What is up with Melania Trump?

    She sure is coming out of her protective shell.

    I have always thought there is much more to her than she shows. The opposite of her husband.

    She is very capable and formidable. I would not underestimate her.

    It is a good thing for her to be more involved.

  • TangoDelta||

    It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I can't wait to hear the jokes the late nights come up with for this one.

    What?

  • Tony||

    If conservatards can't take over late-night entertainment, then why should I think they are good at shit?

  • Widhalm19||

    Truly, you a stupid, stupid Leftist beta-male. You were raised by a single-mother, huh.

  • Tony||

    Ha! You have no idea how attracted I am to guys who use Greek letters to classify other guys. That kind of stupid can only be cultivated with genuine care.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    May poetic justice be a Norse saga, and not a haiku.

  • jm15xy||

    "She hit me first." "This is fucking bullshit."

    Brilliant legal mind! Case closed!

  • PS||

    what flavour is schadenfreude?

  • Ama-Gi Anarchist||

    :snicker:

    Adios, asshole.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Him too?

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Ctrl-F "innocent until proven guilty"
    Results: 0

    Huh

  • JesseAz||

    At least Tony admits he'd vote for a piece of shit with a D after his name, it is your turn.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    You mean, the way you voted for a piece of shit with an R after his name? Sorry, that's on you, not me.

    I didn't vote for the Orange Man.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    We know, you voted for Hildog.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Nope, didn't vote for her either.

  • Fancylad||

    Bernie 2016!

  • Widhalm19||

    This guy represents nearly everything wrong with American Leftists .... he's a liar, a beta-male drama queen, a hyper-urbanized twit and a hypocrite to his whining core.

  • Nonstopdrivel||

    Both of these statements could very well be true, and Avenatti is entitled to due process and a presumption of innocence. The public should also withhold ultimate judgment until we learn more facts.

    The smarmy tone of these sentences, as true as the sentiment expressed in them may be, was all I needed to know who the author of this piece was. Is Soave always so treacly condescending?

  • Nonstopdrivel||

    This is supposedly a libertarian website. Innocent until proven guilty goes without saying.

  • jerryg1018||

    "Believe the woman" Michael Avenatti

  • CDRSchafer||

    The truth will set him free. So he's in for life.

  • Dillinger||

    guess he thought he mattered

  • Dadlobby||

    Apparently he forgot to notice he's both white and a male when looking in the mirror. It's sort of poetic justice that the attorney who fostered wild false allegations of abuse is now claiming he's the victim of false allegations of abuse. Good luck with that you patriarchal power broker. http://nymensactionnetwork.org.....dangerous/

  • Lester224||

    He didn't say he didn't hit her. He said "she hit me first". If your wife hits you, hit her back harder. If she calls the police tell them she hit you first. That will work.

  • Echospinner||

    The reporters got the identity of the woman wrong. It was not his ex wife and she made a statement about that which was supportive of him.

    So they may well have got the quote wrong

  • qoheleth||

    This is one case where I'd love to see poetic justice played out. Let him be judged by the same criteria that he espoused lately. I dare say he'll get more of a fair hearing in court than he was willing to give.

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