On Tuesday, President Donald Trump finally reacted publicly to celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti being arrested on charges of suspected domestic abuse, last week.
Walking away from a gaggle of reporters, Trump was asked, “Do you have any reaction to Michael Avenatti being arrested for domestic violence?”
“No, I wish him the best of luck,” said the president.
“I wish him the best of luck!” Trump emphasized, giving off a smirk this time.
Avenatti, a darling of the Left, is a vocal Trump critic who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels in two suits against the president and previously represented widely-discredited Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick.
Avenatti was arrested Wednesday on suspected felony domestic violence charges. “We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence,” said the LAPD.
“We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000,” the police department confirmed in an update.
The report from TMZ claimed the alleged victim “was on the sidewalk on her cellphone with sunglasses covering her eyes, sobbing and screaming on the phone, ‘I can’t believe you did this to me. I’m going to get a restraining order against you,'” according to sources.
The report continued: “We’re told security brought her inside the building, took her upstairs and Michael showed up 5 minutes later and ran into the building. He screamed repeatedly, ‘She hit me first.’ We’re told he angrily added, ‘This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***.’ We’re told he tried getting into the elevator but security denied him access.”
Avenatti has maintained that he is innocent and has blamed “the right” and controversial figure Jacob Wohl for the charges against him.
“I’m going to make this very brief and very succinct. … I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career, and I’m going to continue to be an advocate,” Avenatti told reporters after posting bail.
“I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing,” he continued. “I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated. I also want to thank everyone for their support that has reached out. You know my character, you know me as a man, and I appreciate it.”
President Trump’s reaction to Avenatti’s arrest might ring familiar. After actor and Trump foe Alec Baldwin was arrested for allegedly punching a man, the president’s only reaction to reporters was: “I wish him luck.”