(AP) — Michael Avenatti has been released from police custody following his arrest on a felony domestic violence charge in Los Angeles.
As he walked out of the police station Wednesday, Avenatti told reporters he “has never struck a woman.”
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He says he has been an advocate for women’s rights and would never disrespect his children by “touching a woman inappropriately.”
Avenatti, a 2020 Democrat hopeful, says he’s confident he will be fully exonerated after police complete a thorough investigation.
Los Angeles police said Avenatti was arrested Wednesday afternoon and his bail was set at $50,000.
Officer Tony Im, a police spokesman, said the victim had visible injuries. He declined to provide details about the victim’s relationship to Avenatti.