Actress Files Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti, Claims He Dragged Her Around the Apartment
Avenatti allegedly grabbed her wrist and called her an “ungrateful f**king b*tch.”
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.
Last night, Professor Jacobson tweeted Avenatti is playing word games:
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) November 19, 2018
You seem panicked. Did you have ANY physically aggressive contact with the woman? Did she make it all up, or does it depend on what the meaning of “abused” or “domestic violence” is? You may want to get ahead of this and tell all now. https://t.co/aPuuEub6mh
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) November 20, 2018
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.”
Miniutti says she hit her head while being dragged and provided pictures of her alleged injuries in her court filing. After being dragged into the hallway, Miniutti claims she rang a neighbor’s doorbell until Avenatti ran out and pulled her back inside. https://t.co/VoqBmkLnld pic.twitter.com/ltdrOWd0Mz
— The Blast (@TheBlastNews) November 20, 2018
Miniutti’s restraining order was granted. She has evidence she sustained injuries after Avenatti allegedly attacked her. That’s likely why he was arrested and why her restraining order request was granted. The incident took place in private. This does not look good for Avenatti. pic.twitter.com/xSWmI4248j
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 20, 2018
Actress Mareli Miniutti, the woman accusing attorney Michael Avenatti of domestic violence, has filed for a restraining order against him in Los Angeles Superior Court, records show: https://t.co/hfwtLp4uaB pic.twitter.com/NtXFMAU73v
— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) November 20, 2018
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.
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.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 20, 2018
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:
Jacob Wohl is a complete dirtbag. Dishonest. Unethical. Criminal. He had no right to come after Mueller or me. He will learn a very hard lesson through the judicial system. Very. https://t.co/HWsahUsbkx
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 19, 2018
Wohl denies framing Avenatti.
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