The high-profile attorney could face a maximum of 335 years in prison.
The high-profile attorney, who made a name for himself representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, faces charges in two states.
“I do not make this decision lightly — I make it out of respect for my family.”
Daniels' defamation lawsuit against the president over one of his tweets was tossed out in October and now his attorneys want her to pay for their legal work in defending the case.
Michael Avenatti said he's tried to be a "champion" for Daniels, but she said she's not sure he'll continue to represent her.
The case against Stormy Daniels' lawyer has now been referred to the city attorney's office for possible misdemeanor charges.
A Woman Accuses Michael Avenatti Of Physical Violence In New Court Documents For A Restraining Order
“At all times, he remained very close to me, such that I was afraid for my safety,” the woman alleged in court filings for a restraining order.
A Woman Has Filed For A Restraining Order Against Attorney Michael Avenatti After His Arrest For Domestic Violence Allegations
In a tweet after the story broke, Avenatti said any accusation of violence "is completely bogus and fabricated" and that he will be exonerated.
Avenatti, a fixture on cable news and a frequent Trump critic, was in Los Angeles police custody as of Wednesday afternoon. In a statement, he said, "I have never been physically abusive in my life."
The president pounced on the news that Sen. Chuck Grassley had referred Judy Munro-Leighton to the FBI after she admitted to making a false complaint against Kavanaugh.
The media-friendly lawyer inserted himself into the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation — and he’s tired of getting any blame.
Fight PAC will support candidates with “size and presence.”
In the 1990s, as an entry-level opposition researcher, Avenatti once climbed aboard a moving train to get research to FedEx on time.
“NEVER MET: Donald Trump, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Michael Jackson, The Jackson’s family, Sony.”
Cohen's lawyers argue that Michael Avenatti "appears to have repeatedly violated" the New York Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. "Baseless and inaccurate," Avenatti told BuzzFeed News.
The president had previously denied knowing about the $130,000 payment his lawyer facilitated for Stormy Daniels.
Here's The Sketch Of The Man Who Stormy Daniels Said Threatened Her To Keep Quiet About Her Relationship With Trump
The adult film star released the sketch on The View with her lawyer Michael Avenatti.
A lawyer representing the adult film actor said he has received inquiries from other women about potential cases against the president.