Will 'Weak' Video Save Avenatti?
Mareli Miniutti, an actress who appeared in Ocean’s 8, filed a domestic violence restraining order Monday in Los Angeles against Avenatti, who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels and has openly floated a 2020 presidential run.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the woman’s face was “swollen and bruised” and left with “red marks” on both cheeks. Avenatti was formally charged last week with felony domestic violence, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told Fox News.
After the name of the accuser was revealed by the Blast, Avenatti was insistent he would be exonerated.
“I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts. I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated,” Avenatti tweeted.
Avenatti went on to allude to the video, originally reported by a liberal blog co-founded by Brian and Ed Krassenstein. The brothers are known anti-Trump activists who were subjected to a federal investigation over an alleged Ponzi scheme.
The video they reported on shows Avenatti's alleged victim in a filtered Instagram video supposedly taken hours after the abuse.
On the day of Avenatti's arrest, one of the ideologue-driven siblings tweeted at the besieged lawyer asking how they could help.