Porn Lawyer: My Chances In 2020 'Have Only Gone Up' Since Domestic Violence Allegations

You can file this one in the "He Said What Now?!" folder.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents stripper and porn star Stormy Daniels, says his chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 (oh yeah, he says he's running) have "gone up" after he was accused of domestic violence.

“I think the field is shaping up to be even more advantageous for someone like me, not less,” the celebrity lawyer told Politico in an article published Sunday. “I think my chances have only gone up, not gone down.”

The article was aptly headlined "‘He’s going through a pretty rough time’: Avenatti crashes and burns." The piece details Avenatti's downward spiral.

Michael Avenatti’s cable TV bookings have dwindled. He was uninvited from one prominent Democratic event and skipped out on another. Now his highest-profile client is bringing new allegations against him.

In just a matter of weeks, Avenatti’s fortunes have taken a nosedive, rapidly downshifting him from 2020 presidential prospect to political pariah.

After a domestic violence arrest in Los Angeles and a public rift with his porn star client Stormy Daniels over fees and legal strategy, even some of his most loyal supporters are questioning whether he can survive the latest round of challenges and remain a viable candidate.

Avenatti "is accused of attacking his girlfriend and dragging her around the apartment floor while calling her an 'Ungrateful f*cking bitch,' this according to the declaration submitted by Mareli Miniutti," a November 20 post in The Blast reported.

The lawyer was booked for felony domestic assault. He says he is innocent of the charges.

"I did not do what I have been accused of doing," he wrote on Twitter. "I look forward to ALL of the facts and evidence coming to light. I will be vindicated."

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office later declined to prosecute Avenatti on felony domestic abuse charges, but referred the allegations to the city attorney for a possible misdemeanor case.

Avenatti and Daniels, who says she had sex with President Trump a decade ago, have recently had a falling out. Daniels said last week that Avenatti sued Trump for defamation against her wishes, refused to give her information about how funds from her crowdfunding campaign were being spent, and launched a second crowdfunding campaign without her knowledge.

 
 
 

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