Avenatti: ‘Still Considering’ Presidential Run After He Clears His Name

Michael Avenatti is not giving up his political aspirations despite his recent arrest on a felony domestic violence charge.

Avenatti, though, claims that he is innocent, says he will clear his name, and is “still considering” a potential 2020 run for the presidency.

From the Washington Examiner:

“I’m still considering it,” Avenatti wrote in a text message to a USA Today reporter.

However, Avenatti added that the first point of business is “clearing his name.”

“I will not be intimidated,” Avenatti wrote. “The measure of a person is how they get up when they are knocked down.”

Avenatti was arrested in Los Angeles Wednesday though police did not disclose the identity of his accuser. He posted a $50,000 bail hours after being taken into custody.

Shortly after the arrest, Avenatti talked to reporters and took to Twitter to say he is an upright man who would never “strike any woman.”

“I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I’ve been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate,” Avenatti said, as Politico reports. “I’m not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing.”

Avenatti similarly denied the charge in a tweet on social media.

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“I want to be clear: I DID NOT commit domestic violence nor have I ever committed domestic violence,” he said. “I did not strike any woman nor have I ever. I did not strike my ex-wife in the face nor did I hit anyone else in the face. I am a decent man & I look forward to being exonerated.”

Will the allegation derail the little momentum he has garnered from repeatedly criticizing President Trump? Avenatti might have more pressing problems as his law firm was recently evicted from their building and his biggest client said she might cut ties with him if the allegation against him proves true.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, lost a last-ditch appeal Friday to block the eviction of his law practice from its Newport Beach offices.

In a brief hearing at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, Judge Robert J. Moss affirmed his Oct. 22nd order that Avenatti and his staff vacate their ocean-view suite in a building across from the Fashion Island mall. He ordered them to leave by Monday.

And, the New York Post:

Avenatti’s longtime firm, Eagan Avenatti, had skipped four months of rent payments — totaling $213,254 — prompting the landlord, Irvine Co., to sue for eviction.

The landlord won the case last month, during a trial that Avenatti skipped, according to the report. Then, the local sheriff’s office posted a notice demanding that the firm vacate by early on Nov. 1.

He requested a reprieve, which granted him a delay until Friday’s hearing. But he didn’t show up to that one either, the paper reported.

As CBS News reports, adult film star Stormy Daniels said she would no longer require Avenatti’s services if the allegation against him proves true:

Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims she had an affair with President Trump, said she will be seeking new legal representation if the domestic violence allegations against her attorney Michael Avenatti are true.

“If the allegations turn out to be true, then I will definitely be seeking new representation, because I cannot condone or support someone who is abusive,” Daniels said during an event at the Oxford Union in Britain.