Michael Avenatti has touted unverified video evidence that suggests his accuser posted a now-deleted Instagram story just hours after he allegedly assaulted her.
Mareli Miniutti, an actress who appeared in Ocean’s 8, filed the 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.
Mareli Miniutti, an actress who appeared in Ocean’s 8, filed the domestic violence restraining order Monday in Los Angeles against Avenatti, who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels against President Trump and openly floats his 2020 presidential candidacy. (Facebook)
After the name of the accuser was revealed by the Blast, Avenatti was defiant he will 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.
He went on to allude to a video evidence and said it will clear him of any wrongdoing.
“People think they are so smart. Until they post stuff on IG that undercuts their bogus, fabricated claims they made less than 24 hrs earlier. We can’t wait for justice!” he tweeted.
Avenatti is referring to a report at the Hill Reporter, an outlet co-founded by Brian and Ed Krassenstein, open anti-Trump activists, who were subject to a federal investigation for allegedly boosting online Ponzi Schemes.
On the day of Avenatti’s arrest, one of the co-founders tweeted at the embattled lawyer
: “Let me know how we can help.”
Let me know how we can help. We helped take down Wohl the first time, and we would love to do it again!— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) November 15, 2018
The article claims Miniutti posted a video on her Instagram account just within the hours of being taken into custody on Wednesday.
Mareli Miniutti's post, shared first by Miniutti's friend, shows her laughing and apparently without any bruises, though the report noted she may have concealed the alleged injuries. (Instagram)
In the post, shared first by Miniutti's friend, it shows her laughing and apparently without any bruises, though the report noted she may have concealed the alleged injuries.
“There is nothing more powerful than video evidence. NOTHING! I will be fully exonerated,” Avenatti wrote on Tuesday.
Avenatti is free on $50,000 bail and a hearing has been set for Dec. 10.