Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a porn actress who claims she was paid hush money to keep silent about an alleged affair with Donald Trump, has reportedly been arrested for domestic violence.
Avenatti’s estranged wife, Lisa Storie, filed a criminal complaint against the lawyer with authorities in Los Angeles, TMZ is reporting.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Storie’s face was ‘swollen and bruised’ when she submitted her complaint to authorities.
The alleged incident took place on Tuesday at an apartment in the Century City section of Los Angeles, TMZ is reporting.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a porn actress who claims she was paid hush money to keep silent about an alleged affair with Donald Trump, has reportedly been arrested for domestic violence. Avenatti is seen above at Politicon 2018 in Los Angeles on October 20
Avenatti’s estranged wife, Lisa Storie, filed a criminal complaint against the lawyer with authorities in Los Angeles
Sources told TMZ that the couple had another confrontation on Wednesday.
Storie was seen Wednesday running out of the apartment and screaming into her cell phone while wearing sunglasses to conceal the alleged bruises on her face.
‘I can’t believe you did this to me,’ she reportedly yelled into the phone.
Security guards then led Storie back inside the building, according to TMZ.
Five minutes later, Avenatti showed up and ran into the building, chasing after her.
‘She hit me first,’ Avenatti is reported to have said repeatedly.
‘This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***,’ he angrily said.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Storie’s face was ‘swollen and bruised’ when she submitted her complaint to authorities
Investigators told TMZ that Avenatti kicked Storie out of his apartment on Tuesday, which was when the alleged incident took place.
Storie then returned to the apartment on Wednesday to retrieve her things and asked police to wait nearby in case things escalated.
The couple married in 2011. Avenatti filed for divorced last year.
He is reported to be in police custody.
Storie called her estranged husband ’emotionally abusive’, ‘hot-tempered’ and ‘angry and vindictive’ in court documents last year.
The pair began proceedings in November, when Storie filed in Los Angeles before having her petition dismissed.
It was later moved to a court in Orange County and Avenatti was the one who filed the papers.
In one document which was obtained by Fox News, Storie described an incident at their $17million home where she said her ex-husband became ‘verbally aggressive’.
She has since retracted her description of him and said the pair are trying to divorce civilly and in private.
She said there had never been any form of abuse – physical, emotional or verbal – between them and described him as a ‘good man’ of whom she has never been afraid.
Storie was seen Wednesday running out of Avenatti’s apartment and screaming into her cell phone while wearing sunglasses to conceal the alleged bruises on her face
Avenatti has also told DailyMail.com that he never abused his wife, the mother of his son, in any way.
The court document reads: ‘[Avenatti] is hot tempered and used to having his way – when he doesn’t he gets extremely loud and verbally aggressive. ‘
It goes on to describe an incident on December 17 when he arrived at their home to find Storie had changed the locks on their home.
‘I offered for him to be with [their son] for 9am to 7pm with a nanny present. He took umbrage with the request, showed up with his 15-year-old daughter and demanded access to the house…he immediately started yelling at me,’ she said in the documents.
In her statement in May – after telling Fox News that she was frustrated that their divorce had not yet been finalized – Storie painted her estranged husband differently.
‘Michael has in the past been a loving and caring husband and is a loving and caring father. I never called the police because I was never threatened with harm. I never sought to have him excluded from our home because I felt threatened or feared for my safety or that of my son.
‘Further, he has paid all child support and spousal support. He is a good man.
Storie added that journalists were trying to ‘harm him’ with a ‘defamatory story that has no basis in reality’.
Avenatti told DailyMail.com in May: ‘There was never any abuse, alleged or otherwise, by me in my relationship with my wife.’
‘There are a host of things that I could disclose relating to Lisa, her habits and the circumstances around her filing but I will decline to do so at this time as she is the mother to my son and I do not think it is appropriate to malign her,’ he added.
In May, Storie told Fox News: ‘I need to be divorced and if [Michael Avenatti] continues to paint the narrative, he can ignore our case! Everyone reports we are divorced. That does not help my goal to get a divorce.
The narrative she was referring to was her ex’s ongoing pursuit of President Trump and Michael Cohen on behalf of Daniels who says she slept with Trump in 2006 and who took $130,000 from his attorney to keep quiet about it before the election.
Avenatti has led a media campaign on her behalf and is dogged about keeping his case in the headlines.
It has cast a long shadow over his ongoing divorce from Storie, 47, who lives Newport Beach, California.
After Avenatti filed for divorce, details about the couple’s lavish spending habits began to emerge.
The couple married in 2011. Avenatti filed for divorced last year. He is reported to be in police custody. Storie called her estranged husband ’emotionally abusive’, ‘hot-tempered’ and ‘angry and vindictive’ in court documents last year
Avenatti has personally owed at least $1.2million in federal taxes and his law firm Eagan Avenatti once owed $2.4million in taxes, The Daily Beast news site revealed last month.
Despite Avenatti’s debt to Uncle Sam, the pair lived a lavish life full of multi-million dollar homes, private jets, and frequent trips to Cabo, the French Riviera, and Paris.
‘We traveled extensively throughout the world and, when not flying privately, we always flew business class and stayed at five-star hotels,’ Storie said in one court filing.
‘I had unfettered use of credit cards that were in my name. My American Express bill was historically on average of $60,000 to $70,000 per month, and was paid in full each month.’
Storie said the couple spent nearly $20,000 a month on groceries, another $20,000 on clothes, $12,000 on nannies, and $27,000 for vacations, gifts, and entertainment.
She said Avenatti had a full-time pilot that was paid $100,000 a year, and owned two private jets worth $9million total.
She revealed that the couple had bought a home in Laguna Beach for $7.2million and sold it five years later, in September 2015, for $12.6million.
After the couple divorced, Storie said the lawyer moved into a $14,000-a-month apartment and stopped paying the $100,000-a-month lease on the couple’s home in Newport Beach, where she still lived with their three-year-old child.
She said he continued to go on exotic vacations, and even once flew himself and a friend, plus the friend’s dog, to a villa.
‘While I continue to pay all the bills I can afford and to support our son, Petitioner continues to vacation and race cars,’ she wrote in the filing.
Last month, Avenatti was ordered by a judge to pay $4.5million to settle an ongoing legal dispute with former Eagan Avenatti colleague Jason Frank (pictured), who had been trying to collect a $10million judgement he won against Avenatti’s firm
In July, Avenatti was ordered to pay $31,981 a month in child support and $124,398 a month in spousal support, in addition to $185,000 in attorney’s fees.
Last month, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin ruled that Avenatti must pay $4.85 million to an attorney who worked at his former law firm.
Avenatti had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with former Eagan Avenatti colleague Jason Frank.
In 2016, Frank claimed the firm owed him millions in unpaid compensation.
He filed for a demand for arbitration against the firm, which was found by a three-judge panel to have ‘acted with malice, fraud, and oppression’ against him.
A trial of arbitration was set for March 13, 2017.
But 12 days before it was due to start, a creditor from Florida petitioned to place Eagan Avenatti in bankruptcy over a $28,700 debt.
Eagan Avenatti then asked for the trial of arbitration to be placed on hold amid the bankruptcy case.
Even the US bankruptcy judge was suspicious, saying the creditor’s petition had a ‘stench of impropriety’ and that she wondered if it could be a ‘collusive filing’.
The bankruptcy case was dismissed months later after Avenatti personally guaranteed a $4.85million payout to Frank in March.
But Avenatti never paid, and in May a US bankruptcy court judge ordered the firm to pay $10million in the legal dispute.
When the case hit headlines, Avenatti lashed out at the press for caring about the story and tried to turn the focus back to Daniels, Trump, and Michael Cohen.
‘I’m disgusted by the press’ fascination with my personal business and my personal life,’ he said.
‘Who cares? What does my personal business have to do with the case? Nothing.’