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Actress Mareli Miniutti files for domestic violence restraining order against Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti

  • Michael Avenatti is best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against US President Donald Trump
  • Avenatti was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting an unidentified woman
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2018, 1:58pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2018, 1:58pm

An actress is seeking a restraining order against Michael Avenatti after the prominent lawyer was arrested last week on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

Mareli Miniutti filed her petition Monday at the Santa Monica branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court, online court records show.

She was given a follow-up hearing date of December 10.

Avenatti issued a statement on Twitter soon after news of the court filing broke.

“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,” he wrote in the tweet.

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Miniutti’s last known address was in Manhattan, according to public records.

The actress had a small, uncredited part in Ocean’s 8 and plays a character named Anna in the upcoming Kurt Russell flick Crypto, according to her IMDB profile.

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Miniutti did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against US President Donald Trump, Avenatti was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly assaulting an unidentified woman, authorities said.

Avenatti, 47, was cuffed by Los Angeles Police Department detectives and booked for felony domestic assault “on suspicion” he struck the unidentified woman last Tuesday, police said.

He posted US$50,000 bail and was released about four hours after his arrest.

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“I wish to thank the hard working men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism,” he said in a statement issued the day of the arrest.

“They were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me.”

In a series of follow-up tweets, Avenatti suggested pro-Trump Twitter troll Jacob Wohl set him up as part of a smear campaign.

Avenatti was adamant he has “never been physically abusive” in his life.

“Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation,” he said in the statement.