Stormy Daniels called the domestic violence allegations against her lawyer Michael Avenatti "troubling," but is sticking with him as her attorney - at least for now.
Avenatti was taken into custody at his Los Angeles apartment earlier this week on suspicion of domestic violence. Police haven't released details of the incident, but Los Angeles police spokesperson Officer Tony Im said the alleged victim was left with visible injuries, according to the Associated Press.
Avenatti, who has risen to prominence in recent years as a vocal critic of President Donald Trump in his role as Daniels' attorney and who has positioned himself as a supporter of women's rights, has vehemently denied the claims.
In a statement issued by representatives Thursday, Daniels stated that she would wait for the results of the investigation before taking any action.
“These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations, but right now that is all they are: allegations,” Daniels said. “We should all reserve judgment until the investigation — an investigation Michael has said he welcomes — is complete, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
“But of course I do not condone violence against women and if these allegations prove true I will be seeking new representation,” she continued.
After posting $50,000 bail, Avenatti held a press conference denying the allegations against him, The Times reports.
“I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman,” he said. “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,” he continued. “I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation, at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.”
His two ex-wives, Christine Avenatti Carlin and Dianne Gallagher, also both came to his defense on Twitter. Avenatti Carlin wrote that her ex had “NEVER been abusive to [her] or anyone else,” while Gallagher, who TMZ initially claimed was the victim of Avenatti’s abuse, said in a statement that the story was a “complete fabrication.”
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