Estonian actress Mareli Miniutti reportedly has filed a restraining order against anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti.

Miniutti, who is based in New York City, “filed her petition Monday at the Santa Monica branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.”

Reports confirmed today that Miniutti is the woman Avenatti allegedly abused last week. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of domestic violence. He left after four hours and posted $50,000 bail.

The Abuse

Last night, Professor Jacobson tweeted Avenatti is playing word games:

Words matter, as the professor knows. It turns out the professor was onto something. From TMZ:

The woman, Mareli Miniutti, says she and Avenatti were in the master bedroom of their apartment arguing about money on November 13, when he called her an “ungrateful f**king bitch” … according to docs. She says he followed her into a guest bedroom while verbally berating her and hitting her “forcefully” in the face with pillows. She claims he said, “Do not disrespect me. You don’t get to sleep in my house tonight.”

In the docs, Mareli says Avenatti grabbed her by her wrist and pulled her off of the bed in the guest bedroom — and when she escaped his grasp, she started texting a friend. She claims he grabbed the phone out of her hand … and started screaming for help out of a window.

According to the docs, Avenatti then dragged her by her right arm and out into the public hallway of the apartment building. She says she was only wearing underwear and a t-shirt, and suffered scratches on her side and leg. The woman says she rang a neighbor’s doorbell for help, but Avenatti allegedly grabbed her and dragged her back into his apartment and shut the door … preventing her from leaving.

Mareli says she was eventually able to get out of the apartment, but she claims Avenatti rode down in the elevator with her while begging, “Don’t do this Mareli, don’t involve them” … presumably referring to building security. She says security guards did take her into a room by herself while she waited for a friend to come pick her up.

Mareli says, in the docs, this was the second time Avenatti was physically violent toward her. She claims the first time was in February … when he pushed her out of the apartment into the hallway where she struck her head against a neighbor’s door … and threw her shoes at her. She also claims he has a history of being “verbally abusive and financially controlling.”

Restraining Order

The Blast first reported the story:

It was also erroneously reported that Avenatti’s ex-wife was the woman who initially made the allegations, but that was later proven to be false after both of Avenatti’s former spouses came out with statements claiming he had never hit them.

After he was released from custody, Stormy Daniels’ attorney disputed he had hit anyone, and said, “I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”

A hearing on the restraining order has been set for next month.

Authorities arrested Avenatti last week on suspicion of domestic violence.

Avenatti posted his $50,000 bail and left four hours later. He has accused Jacob Wohl of being responsible for his arrest:

Wohl denies framing Avenatti.

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