'Not a Good Face for Dems in 2020': 'Special Report' Panel Reacts to Reported Avenatti Arrest
Los Angeles attorney Michael Avenatti, who is suing President Donald Trump on behalf of pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, was reportedly arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of domestic assault.
The charges arose from an alleged Tuesday incident, prompting authorities to respond and take a report, an unidentified law enforcement official told The Associated Press. However, Avenatti was reportedly taken into custody on Wednesday.
When asked to confirm information on Avenatti's reported arrest, an LAPD public information officer would only confirm to Fox News that an individual had been taken into custody on domestic violence charges. The officer did not confirm that the individual was Avenatti, saying that the identity would be released after booking.
Avenatti did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
TMZ, which first reported on Avenatti, said that he had "kicked" his estranged spouse "out of the apartment."
The "Special Report" panel reacted to the news on Wednesday:
"'She hit me first' is not a very fulsome defense," Real Clear Politics editor Tom Bevan said. "His 2020 aspirations are pretty much over."
The initial TMZ report said Avenatti ran into his apartment building after the alleged incident, hollering "she hit me first, this is bulls--t."
Avenatti had been making statements that suggested he will seek to challenge Trump in 2020, and previously made trips to several key states like South Carolina.
"Federalist" editor Mollie Hemingway said Avenatti has a "track record of extremely questionable behavior" and that it is "surprising" that many leftist Democrats still stand with him.
Washington Post writer Charles Lane said Avenatti was never a top contender to challenge Trump, and that he is now "not a good face to put on the Democratic Party in 2020."
Late Wednesday, Avenatti spoke briefly to reporters in Los Angeles County and denied the allegations.
"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 gonna continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing," Avenatti said.
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