Mark Geragos Dropped by CNN After Being Identified by WSJ as Co-Conspirator in Michael Avenatti Case

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Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos was dropped by CNN on Monday after the Wall Street Journal identified him as the unnamed co-conspirator in the criminal case against Michael Avenatti.
A spokesperson for the network told TheWrap that Geragos “is no…

Stormy Daniels’ Lawsuit Against Trump Over Nondisclosure Agreement Tossed by Judge

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A lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump by adult-film performer Stormy Daniels was tossed by a judge on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

According to the Associated Press, the suit, which hoped to nullify a nondisclosure agreement Daniels had entered into, was found to be moot by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero because Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, had previously agreed not to hold Daniels responsible for breaching the agreement. In essence, granting Daniels’ wish.

Daniels contended that the agreement, entered into shortly before the 2016 presidential election, should be deemed invalid because Trump never signed it.

Also Read: Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $293,000 in Legal Fees

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, maintained that she had an affair with Trump in 2006, a claim that Trump has denied. Cohen arranged for Daniels to receive $130,000 to keep quiet about her story.

Trump and Cohen said they would not seek penalties from Daniels when they sought to have her suit dismissed, the AP reported.

Judge Otero sent the case back to Los Angeles Superior Court, noting that Daniels may be able to recuperate legal fees, according to the Associated Press.

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Attorneys for both sides claimed victory from Thursday’s decision, with Trump attorney Charles Harder saying that the decision — coupled with Otero’s previous order that Daniels reimburse the president $293,000 in legal fees stemming from her defamation suit against Trump, which was dismissed — constituted a “total victory” for his client, according to the AP.

Meanwhile, Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted Thursday afternoon, “Yet again, lots of misreporting going on. Be clear: The Court specifically found that Stormy received everything she asked for in the lawsuit – she won. How people can claim this is a “loss” after we forced Trump and Cohen to cave and Cohen has been convicted, etc. is a mystery.”

Yet again, lots of misreporting going on. Be clear: The Court specifically found that Stormy received everything she asked for in the lawsuit – she won. How people can claim this is a “loss” after we forced Trump and Cohen to cave and Cohen has been convicted, etc. is a mystery.

– Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 8, 2019

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Bill O’Reilly Shredded Over Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tweet: ‘You Impotent Ghoul’

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Christmas might still be days away, but Bill O’Reilly has already been given a big ol’ lump of coal, thanks to a tweet Friday about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Former Fox News Channel personality O’Reilly came in for a grilling when he tweeted that Ginsberg’s health issues were, “Bad news for the left.”

The tweet came following news that Ginsburg had undergone surgery to have two malignant nodules removed from her left lung.

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A press release issued by the Supreme Court on Friday noted that “there was no evidence of any remaining disease” and that Ginsburg “is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.” Still, O’Reilly offered up his own political prognosis via Twitter.

“Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon,” O’Reilly tweeted. “Bad news for the left.”

The tone of O’Reilly’s tweet left a number of people cold, but their reactions were plenty heated.

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“F— YOU, YOU FUCKING SEXUAL PREDATOR,” responded comedian Kathy Griffin, in an apparent reference to the sexual misconduct accusations that have been leveled against O’Reilly.

Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter was similarly blunt in his assessment, tweeting, “Eat the s— of your failure, you impotent ghoul.”

“The West Wing” alum Bradley Whitford, meanwhile, offered, “Classic @BillOReilly. Used to bitch about the fake ‘war on Christmas’ while his own life is an actual war on the values of Jesus Christ.”

And then there was Michael Avenatti, attorney for porn star and Trump nemesis Stormy Daniels, who offered, “@BillOReilly – if there was ever any question as to whether you were a despicable human being (there wasn’t), it has now been answered unequivocally.”

Read on for O’Reilly’s tweet and more reactions.

Justice Ginsburg is very ill. Another Justice appointment inevitable and soon. Bad news for the left.

– Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) December 21, 2018

Classic @BillOReilly. Used to bitch about the fake “war on Christmas” while his own life is an actual war on the values of Jesus Christ. https://t.co/PCkcRcKt7d

– Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) December 21, 2018

.@BillOReilly – if there was ever any question as to whether you were a despicable human being (there wasn’t), it has now been answered unequivocally. https://t.co/XUQzT9rBDE

– Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 21, 2018

Wow @BillOReilly,this is sick. I am guessing you intended to wish her well and it just came out twisted. Did you really mean to make it sound like you are waiting for her to pass? https://t.co/LDHrT3K7RT

– Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 21, 2018

In case you weren’t sure that Bill O’Reilly is a despicable human being… https://t.co/VwWzAe1n56

– Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 21, 2018

Congratulations @BillOReilly, for the most despicable tweet of the week. https://t.co/QmW4Vk3ngb

– Peter Daou (@peterdaou) December 21, 2018

Bill, i hope you spend this holiday and figure out what is broken within you that would cause you to tweet something like this. I pray you are healed.

– Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 21, 2018

Siri: show me how Bill O’Reilly can be more unlikeable. https://t.co/3p2Vw8xMWw

– Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 21, 2018

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Trump Inauguration Money Went to Trump Organization With Help From Ivanka, Report Says

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When Trump’s inaugural team filed documents with the Federal Election Commission last year showing it managed to raise a record $107 million — nearly double the previous record set by President Barack Obama in 2009 —  it prompted questions among critics and observers, mainly: Where did all that money go?

A new investigative report now suggests some of that money may have been funneled into the Trump Organization in coordination with the president’s eldest daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.

According to interviews, internal emails and receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica, the inaugural committee may have been paid steep fees to the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel.

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If the Trump hotel did in fact overcharge the inauguration committee for its venues, it could constitute a  violation of tax laws, the report said.

The article cites two people with direct knowledge, who said Rick Gates, the then-deputy chairman of the Inaugural Committee, asked some vendors to take payments directly from donors, instead of going through the committee. It’s not clear, the report said, whether any vendors took him up on his offer, though some vendors “felt the request was unusual.”

According to the report, Ivanka Trump, a senior executive with the Trump Organization at the time, was asked to help settle a dispute between the family-owned hotel and the Inaugural Committee, which thought the hotel was overcharging.

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Emails reviewed by the news outlets showed that Ivanka Trump connected Gates with Mickael Damelincourt, managing director of the hotel. Damelincourt then responded with a different rate of $175,000 per day for use of the Presidential Ballroom and meeting rooms, with a $700,000 charge for four days of use.

Neither The White House nor the Trump Organization immediately responded to a request for comment Friday. But on Thursday evening, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters outside the White House that the probe into the inauguration’s spending “doesn’t have anything to do with the president or the first lady.”

“The biggest thing the president did, his engagement in the inauguration, was to come here and raise his hand and take the oath of office. The president was focused on the transition during that time and not on any of the planning for the inauguration,” Sanders said.

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Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson Ivanka Trump’s ethics counsel, Abbe Lowell, told TheWrap in statement: “When contacted by someone working on the inauguration, Ms. Trump passed the inquiry on to a hotel official and said only that any resulting discussions should be at a ‘fair market rate.’ Ms. Trump was not involved in any additional discussions.”

On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Inaugural Committee was under a federal criminal investigation for possible misuse of the some $107 million in spending.

In April, FBI agents raided Cohen’s office and hotel room looking for evidence in connection with a payment Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who said she had an sex with Trump in 2006.

During that raid, FBI agents found a recorded conversation between Cohen and inaugural planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who, according to the Journal, “expressed concern about how the inaugural committee was spending money.”

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Feds are looking at whether the donations were part of a “pay-for-play” scheme, to gain special access to the president.

In June of 2017, the Trump Inaugural Committee said it conducted a full audit of the festivities and found no wrongdoing. But so far has not provided any documents to back its claims.

Trump’s inaugural festivities were modest in comparison to Obama’s first inauguration, which cost less than half and featured some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including  Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and U2.

Obama drew 1.8 million people to the National Mall in 2009, according to estimates released by the District of Columbia. In contrast Trump’s inauguration attracted anywhere from 300,000 to 600,000 people on the Mall, according to Vox. While Trump had only three inaugural galas —  two official inaugural balls, as well as the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball — Obama had 10.

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Almost two years later it’s still unclear how Trump’s team managed to spend the record amount of cash, especially considering that Trump’s festivities was low on star wattage, featuring performances by indie group 3 Doors Down and country singer Toby Kieth as its headliners.

While political action groups supporting particular candidates or issues are obligated to list their spending, inaugural committees are only required to account for its top five contractors, the report noted.

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Michael Cohen: Donald Trump “Lying” About Russia, Knew Hush-Money Payments To Women Were “Wrong”

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Trump’s Inaugural Committee Under Federal Criminal Investigation (Report)

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Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration is under investigation by by federal prosecutors in New York for possible financial abuses of the eye-popping $107 million raised by the committee, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

According to the Journal, the probe — which is still in its early stages — is looking into whether the committee took donations from individuals seeking access into the new administration.

The investigation started after federal agents seized materials from Trump’s former longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison, the paper said.

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TheWrap has not corroborated the Journal’s report.

In April, FBI agents raided Cohen’s office and hotel room looking for evidence in connection with a payment Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who said she had an sex with Trump in 2006.

During that raid, FBI agents found a recorded conversation between Cohen and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to Melania Trump, who was hired as an event planner for the inauguration, the Journal reported.

In the recording, the Journal notes, Wolkoff raised concerns about how the committee was spending money.

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Trump’s inaugural committee raised a record $107 for the inaugural festivities, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission last April. That’s nearly twice as much as former President Barack Obama’s $55 million for his first inauguration, even though Trump’s inauguration was considered a smaller event with less star power.

The committee identified vendors accounting for $61 million of the $103 million it spent, according to the Journal.

Among the wealthy donors who gave a $1 million or more were casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, AT&T and Boeing. But according to the Journal there are no indications that those donors are under investigation.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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Jim Carrey Takes a Spot-on Shot at Trump With His Latest Artwork

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Jim Carrey put a contemporary spin on the domino theory on Thursday, taking another shot at Presidential Donald Trump with his latest political cartoon.

Actor/artist Carrey also seemed to wedge in a nod to singer Van Morrison with his latest work, which reflects on the legal issues of those around Trump and the possible effect they might have on the chief executive.

Carrey’s latest work, unveiled on his Twitter account, depicts a row of dominoes, with a tile bearing Trump’s image at the forefront.

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Behind that tile is one bearing the likeness of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, tumbling perilously (for Trump, anyway) forward.

Carrey’s latest work came shortly after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison.

Cohen’s sentencing followed his August guilty plea regarding two campaign-finance violations, in connection with hush payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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Carrey captioned the image, “Oh oh, Domino!” — a prominent lyric in Morrison’s 1970 chestnut “Domino.”

The “Kidding” star’s latest piece also depicted a third tile in the background, which appeared to bear the image of a blonde woman brandishing a hand gesture similar to one often referred to as “The Shocker.”

The identity of the third person was a source of debate in the comments section for Carrey’s tweet.

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“Whos [sic] the one in the back?” asked one commenter.

“Is it Stormy? @StormyDaniels,” another wondered.

“Or kelly anne, hmmmm #realquestions,” another comment posited, a seeming reference to Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Take a look at Carrey’s latest work below, and feel free to share your theories regarding the mystery blonde in the comments section.

Oh oh, Domino! pic.twitter.com/JBxXjdcbuw

– Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 13, 2018

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Stormy Daniels Ordered to Pay Trump $293,000 in Legal Fees

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Stormy Daniels will have to pay President Trump $292,000 in attorney fees and another $1,000 in sanctions in connection with Daniels’ dismissed defamation suit against Trump, a California judge ruled Tuesday.

Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, said the fees amounted to 75 percent of Trump’s legal expenses in the case, and that an additional $1,000 fine was the result of Daniels’ “meritless” defamation suit against the president.

“The court’s order, along with the court’s prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case,” Harder said in a statement to TheWrap.

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Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels, pushed back on Harder’s claim, telling TheWrap in a statement: “Harder is full of s— just like Trump. They received less than one half what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive.”

Avenatti went on to say that “Stormy will never half [sic] to pay a dime because they owe her over $1 million in attorney’s fees and costs from the main NDA case, especially in light of Cohen’s guilty plea.”

Earlier this month, Harder asked the U.S. District Court for almost $800,000 in attorneys’ fees and penalties in the case, according to CNBC.

Also Read: Stormy Daniels Says Michael Avenatti Filed Trump Defamation Lawsuit ‘Against Her Wishes’

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, said she had sex with Trump in 2006.  The White House has denied the two ever had sex.

In October 2016, Michael Cohen, Trump’s long-time personal lawyer, paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money to keep her from telling her story publicly. Cohen admitted to arranging the payment at Trump’s direction.

Daniels sued Trump for defamation after he said she lied about being threatened by a man at a Las Vegas parking lot who she said told her to keep quiet about her supposed affair with Trump.

“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” Trump tweeted in April.

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A judge dismissed Daniels’ case in October, saying that Trump’s missive was protected by the First Amendment.

Daniels has another lawsuit against Trump that seeks damages in connection with a non-disclosure agreement she has with the president. That lawsuit is still pending.

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Scaramucci Defends Trump ‘Lies,’ Says Most Americans ‘Get the Joke’ (Video)

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Trump Mocked for ‘Smocking Gun’ Tweet: ‘He Can’t Spell Smoking. Not a Typo’

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President Donald Trump once again defended his conduct in the sprawling Special Counsel investigation into whether his presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government in a pair of tweets Monday, but thanks to a typo, his comments were trending for all the wrong reasons.

“‘Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion,’” said Trump, misspelling the term “smoking gun” — twice.

Even in a post-covfefe world, the typo at the crux of his defense led to a lot of chuckling online. While Trump frequently deletes his most egregious Twitter misspellings, the “smocking gun” post remained live after two hours on Monday.

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“He can’t spell smoking. Not a typo, he did it twice,” said actor Zach Braff.  “He can’t spell smoking.”

“I figured out what Trump was saying when he typed #SmockingGun, thanks to Google Translate,” said NBC political analyst Anand Giridharadas, who jokingly suggested the expression might be Russian.

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And it pretty much went from there.

He can’t spell smoking.
Not a typo, he did it twice.
He can’t spell smoking. #SmockingGun

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 10, 2018

I figured out what Trump was saying when he typed #SmockingGun, thanks to Google Translate. pic.twitter.com/yBWzZK2LFa

— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) December 10, 2018

The original #SmockingGun pic.twitter.com/orPP8OU3OE

— Ben Mulroney (@BenMulroney) December 10, 2018

As they say, “Don’t take a knife to a #SmockingGun fight”

— Jeff Dwoskin – Hashtag Roundup (@bigmacher) December 10, 2018

Thank you for smocking. #SmockingGun pic.twitter.com/5LEsWNcuOU

— Marika Shaub (@marikatogo) December 10, 2018

Looking for a #SmockingGun. pic.twitter.com/HfITK6VRst

— ????HolyGrail (@JerriGrail) December 10, 2018

The mockery of “smocking gun” obscured perhaps the intended message of Trump’s tweets, in which the president sought to put his payments to porn star Stormy Daniels in perspective — not as an illegal campaign contribution — but as a perfectly normal “private transaction.”

“There was NO COLLUSION,” Trump continued in his tweet. “So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution.” Prosecutors, however, have said that Trump attorney/fixer Michael Cohen violated campaign finance laws by making the payments just days before the 2016 election to Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual affair with Trump. The president has publicly denied any sexual relationship between the two.

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After at first denying he had any role in supplying the money, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani admitted on Fox News in May that Trump had indeed reimbursed his Cohen for the expenditure.

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Stormy Daniels Says Michael Avenatti Filed Trump Defamation Lawsuit ‘Against Her Wishes’

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In a statement Wednesday, Stormy Daniels said that her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed a defamation lawsuit against President Trump on her behalf “against my wishes.”

Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — said also that Avenatti has launched a crowdfunding campaign for her legal defense without her knowledge, and that she hasn’t decided if she will continue to retain his legal services.

“For months I’ve asked Michael Avenatti to give me accounting information about the fund my supporters so generously donated to for my safety and legal defense,” Daniels said in her statement, provided to The Daily Beast. “He has repeatedly ignored those requests. Days ago I demanded again, repeatedly, that he tell me how the money was being spent and how much was left. Instead of answering me, without my permission or even my knowledge Michael launched another crowdfunding campaign to raise money on my behalf. I learned about it on Twitter.”

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“I haven’t decided yet what to do about legal representation moving forward. Michael has been a great advocate in many ways,” Daniels continued. “I’m tremendously grateful to him for aggressively representing me in my fight to regain my voice. But in other ways Michael has not treated me with the respect and deference an attorney should show to a client.”

Daniels also said that Avenatti has not treated her with “the respect and deference an attorney should show to a client.”

Asked for comment, Avenatti referred TheWrap to an October 8 interview Daniels gave to CNN, in which she told anchor Don Lemon she was in contact with her lawyer “almost three or four times a day sometimes,” and that Avenatti “always puts me first.”

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Avenatti added a written statement saying: “I am and have always been Stormy’s biggest champion. I have personally sacrificed an enormous amount of money, time and energy toward assisting her because I believe in her. I have always been an open book with Stormy as to all aspects of her cases and she knows that. You need only look back at her numerous prior interviews where she states we talk and communicate multiple times every day about her cases.”

Avenatti continued: “The retention agreement Stormy signed back in February provided that she would pay me $100.00 and that any and all other monies raised via a legal fund would go toward my legal fees and costs. Instead, the vast majority of the money raised has gone toward her security expenses and similar other expenses. The most recent campaign was simply a refresh of the prior campaign, designed to help defray some of Stormy’s expenses.”

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Michael Avenatti Avoids Felony Charge in Domestic Violence Case

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Attorney Michael Avenatti won’t face a felony charge in the domestic violence case against him — but it remains to be seen if he will face a misdemeanor charge.

A week after Avenatti’s arrest on a domestic violence charge, the case has been referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

According to the D.A.’s office, the case, which was presented by Los Angeles police, has been referred to the city attorney “for misdemeanor filing consideration.”

Avenatti has been accused by actress Mareli Miniutti, who was granted a temporary restraining order against Avenatti earlier this week. According to a declaration from Miniuitti, Avenatti, who had a “dating relationship” with the actress from October 2017 until Nov. 13, 2018, grabbed and dragged Miniutti after the couple argued about money on Nov. 13.

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Avenatti has maintained his innocence. Earlier this week, the attorney said that he will be vindicated by video evidence.

“When the truth and the facts are fully disclosed, including the security camera footage, I will be vindicated and a lot of people and news organizations are going to owe me an apology as well as money. Completely bogus. Let’s start with TMZ’s reporting from last week,” Avenatti wrote.

In a statement Wednesday, Avenatti thanked the district attorney’s office for not filing charges against him.

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“I am thankful that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has rejected filing any charges against me after a fair, careful and thorough investigation,” the statement read. “I have maintained my innocence since the moment of my arrest. I wish to thank my supporters, friends, family, attorneys, and clients for the outpouring of support they provided. This Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for justice.”

Avenatti is best known for representing Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, in her legal fight with President Trump. She has said she will drop Avenatti as her attorney if he is proven guilty of the accusations.

My statement re the decision just issued by the LA County District Attorney’s Office is below. pic.twitter.com/gCUBpMKP2f

– Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 21, 2018

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Actress Mareli Miniutti Granted Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti

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Actress Mareli Miniutti was granted a restraining order against Michael Avenatti after she declared in court documents that he grabbed her and dragged her during a fight this month.

Avenatti declared his innocence on Twitter Tuesday, noting that an initial TMZ story about his Nov. 14 arrest on a domestic violence charge was erroneous. (TMZ initially misidentified the woman who accused him.) He also said he had authorized the release of security camera footage that he said would exonerate him.

“When the truth and the facts are fully disclosed, including the security camera footage, I will be vindicated and a lot of people and news organizations are going to owe me an apology as well as money. Completely bogus. Let’s start with TMZ’s reporting from last week,” Avenatti wrote.

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Avenatti is best known for representing Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, in her legal fight with President Trump. She has said she will drop Avenatti as her attorney if he is proven guilty of the accusations.

In a declaration filed on Monday, Miniutti said that she was in a “dating relationship” with Avenatti from October 2017 until Nov. 13, 2018, and that they had lived together from January 2018 until that date.

According to the declaration, she and Avenatti began arguing about money on the night of Nov. 13, and Avenatti called her an “ungrateful, f—ing bitch.”

Miniutti also said in her declaration that he hit her in the face with pillows from the bed and “grabbed the wrist of my right arm.”

“Respondent attempted to pull me out of the bed, which caused pain to my arm and wrist,” the declaration continued.

In her declaration, Miniutti said that she began sending text messages to a friend on her cell phone, and that after a few minutes, Avenatti “yelled at me, and grabbed the phone out of my hand and screamed, ‘this is my phone!’ and put it in his pocket.”

The declaration stated that Avenatti “then grabbed my right arm and dragged me out of the bed. He dragged me on the floor of the apartment towards and out of the door into the public hallway. I was wearing only my underwear and a T-shirt at the time, and suffered scratches to the bare skin on my side and leg.”

The declaration added that Avenatti “then grabbed my right arm and dragged me out of the bed. He dragged me on the floor of the apartment towards and out of the door into the public hallway. I was wearing only my underwear and a T-shirt at the time, and suffered scratches to the bare skin on my side and leg.”

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Miniutti said that she began ringing her neighbor’s doorbell for help, and Avenatti yelled at her, grabbed her by the arm again, and pulled her back into the apartment. Her declaration said that Avenatti blocked the door and prevented her from leaving the apartment, and refused to return her phone.

According to her declaration, Miniutti was eventually able to get out of the apartment and got in the service elevator, and that Avenatti followed her inside. Miniutti said that Avenatti “repeatedly begged, ‘Don’t do this Mareli, don’t involve them.’”

The declaration said that Miniutti went to the front desk, followed by Avenatti, and Avenatti returned her phone. She said people at the front desk called for security, who took her alone into another room to talk to her. She then called a friend, who agreed to come pick her up, she said.

“Once at her home, I saw red marks on my left side. I called the police, who arrived and took my statement,” the declaration continued.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Avenatti’s Nov. 14 arrest. “We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available,” the department said.

Avenatti has not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment on the declaration. But he has repeatedly taken to Twitter to deny wrongdoing.

“I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts,” he wrote Monday. “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.”

In another tweet, Avenatti wrote, “.@tmz cannot even reconcile their story from last week with their story from today. They can’t have it both ways. Their conduct is disgusting and they need to rectify it immediately. We demand a retraction and an apology. Now.”

He added Tuesday: “I want the truth to be known – all of it. The truth about the alleged incident on Tues night/Wed am, as well as the truth about TMZ’s completely false reporting about last Wed afternoon. I want it ALL disclosed. ASAP. As a result, I just authorized the release of all the video.”

When the truth and the facts are fully disclosed, including the security camera footage, I will be vindicated and a lot of people and news organizations are going to owe me an apology as well as money. Completely bogus. Let’s start with TMZ’s reporting from last week.

– Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 20, 2018

.@tmz cannot even reconcile their story from last week with their story from today. They can’t have it both ways. Their conduct is disgusting and they need to rectify it immediately. We demand a retraction and an apology. Now.

– Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 20, 2018

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