Woman Files Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti After Arrest

  • Woman Files Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti After Arrest

Woman Files Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti After Arrest

She said Avenatti attempted to pull her out of a bed in his guest bedroom and snatched her phone away before she screamed for help.

According to the letter, the female security guard at the apartment complex, who met with Miniutti in the leasing office after she came to the reception area with Avenatti, described Miniutti's behavior as being "scattered" and "all over the place" when she asked the alleged victim questions.

The next day, Miniutti said, she returned to the building to retrieve her belongings from the apartment. He "had been drinking", she said, "and became angry at me".

The actress says she was in her underwear and also suffered scratches to her back. She says the attorney begged her, "Don't do this Mareli, don't involve them". She says security guards did take her into a room by herself while she waited for a friend to come pick her up.

The Los Angeles Police Department has refused CNN's public records request to view the police report in the case, saying it is still part of the investigation.

Miniutti said this was the second such incident between her and Avenatti. Avenatti also showed up, and Miniutti explains she was told he had been arrested and then provided her statement to detectives. This video footage reportedly includes a camera that was located inside of the elevator which Ms. Miniutti and Mr. Avenatti rode down from Avenatti's 22nd-floor apartment to the ground level. She alleges Avenatti "has a history of being very verbally abusive and financially controlling" toward her.

In the court filing dated Monday, Miniutti said she and Avenatti dated from October of last year to November 13 this year and lived together for most of that time, starting in January.

In an apparent response to the report regarding the restraining order, Avenatti reiterated his innocence and said he is eager to clear his name.

TMZ, which first reported the domestic violence allegations, cited an unnamed law enforcement source who said the woman's face was "swollen and bruised".

Avenatti says the allegations are "completely false" and "fabricated". The mystery woman, initially believed to be Avenatti's ex-wife Lisa Storie-Avenatti when news broke of his arrest, is now being named by The Blast, which obtained court documents on the restraining order. I am a target.

"I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a woman", the lawyer told the press after being booked and released on $50,000 bail last Wednesday. "NOTHING! I will be fully exonerated".