I'm not saying Michael Avenatti can't be guilty of domestic violence, but the story — coming initially from TMZ tonight — is not adding up so far.
TMZ, run by Harvey Levin, a Trump crony, at first reported that Avenatti had been arrested on suspicion of felony assault, and that the alleged victim was his ex-wife. Later, TMZ had to recant that materially important part of the story when the ex-wife stated unequivocally that that part of the story had been fabricated, that she was nowhere near the scene of the alleged crime and that, furthermore, she didn't believe Avenatti would be violent with a woman.
Now, Avenatti has bailed out and given a brief press conference, at which he has calmly but emphatically proclaimed he is innocent and that he will be vindicated.
As that was happening, right-wing douchebag Jacob Wohl — implicated in a plot to discredit Robert Mueller over sexual impropriety claims — has taken credit for the Avenatti bust.
This has the earmarks of a bogus claim. If there is credible evidence he did wrong, we'll know soon enough and it should be pursued as it would be with any other alleged assailant.
Avenatti's overnight denial:
I want to be clear: I DID NOT commit domestic violence nor have I ever committed domestic violence. I did not strike any woman nor have I ever. I did not strike my ex-wife in the face nor did I hit anyone else in the face. I am a decent man & I look forward to being exonerated.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 15, 2018