Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they have declined to charge attorney Michael Avenatti with misdemeanor domestic violence, but will hold hearings on the allegations.
Actress Mareli Miniutti got a restraining order against Avenatti in November after accusing him of dragging her by the arm across a bedroom floor of his apartment following an argument.
Avenatti, who represents porn actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Donald Trump, has denied the allegations and said on Twitter that the decision by prosecutors vindicates him.
"I am extremely thankful that after three thorough investigations, one by the LAPD, one by the LA District Attorney, and one by the LA City Attorney, the truth of my innocence is now established and no charges are being brought," Avenatti said. “Every purported victim should have her or his claims investigated. Here, that is exactly what happened…I will continue to speak truth to power and seek justice for my clients.”
In another tweet, Avenatti threatened to “[come] for” far-right conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl and TMZ, which first reported the allegations against him.
“In America, you are not permitted to fabricate stories and facts against someone because he is a huge threat to the person you want as president,” he said.
Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the City Attorney Mike Feuer, said charges could be brought on allegations of spousal abuse or battery after informal hearings in which the alleged victim and Avenatti will be able to present their case.
Avenatti is still under court order to stay away from Miniutti and not contact her.
The Los Angeles district attorney declined to press felony charges in the case in November.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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