Prosecutors decided on Wednesday that they will not pursue felony charges against lawyer Michael Avenatti for alleged domestic violence against actress Mareli Miniutti.
The Los Angeles district attorney’s office announced that the case has instead been referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration.
The announcement comes after Avenatti was arrested last Wednesday for suspected felony domestic violence against a woman that reportedly left her face “swollen and bruised,” according to TMZ.
Earlier this week, Miniutti “filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Avenatti Monday in Los Angeles,” according to The Blast.
“I am grateful that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has rejected filing any charges against me after a fair, careful and thorough investigation,” Avenatti said in a statement. “I have maintained my innocence since the moment of my arrest.”