LOS ANGELES (AP) — UPDATE: Michael Avenatti was released from police custody Wednesday night.
Following his release from a jail in Los Angeles he stated “I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters, I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman.”
ORIGINAL STORY: A law enforcement official says Michael Avenatti is in police custody in Los Angeles following an allegation of domestic violence.
The official says Avenatti was taken into custody Wednesday. Police had responded to a domestic violence incident a day earlier and took a report.
The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Avenatti remained in custody Wednesday evening and a call and text message seeking comment weren’t immediately returned.
At around 9:30 p.m., the lawyer tweeted his statement regarding the reported allegations.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out with supportive messages and offers of assistance. It means the world to me. I have always been an advocate of women’s rights and equality & I always will be. I will not be intimidated into stopping my pursuit of justice and what is right— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 15, 2018
Avenatti is best known as the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006. Trump has denied having an affair.
Avenatti is also mulling a 2020 presidential run.