There’s news in the domestic abuse case against Michael Avenatti. Avenatti was arrested last week on suspicion of felony domestic abuse after alleged violence against his girlfriend, Mareli Miniutti. Miniuitti got a restraining order against him.
Not the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is weighing in.
They have declined to file felony charges against Avenatti and instead have referred the allegations to the city attorney to consider for misdemeanor charges.
While the Los Angeles D.A. is a Democrat, it is perfectly within reason that they didn’t feel her injuries rose to the level of a felony domestic abuse case.
It does not mean they think he’s innocent of abuse against Miniutti.
But if you look at Avenatti’s response, that’s exactly how he’s spinning it for his followers. And blaming President Donald Trump in the process as though Trump has any control over Avenatti allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
Avenatti, who had called the allegations “completely false” and a fabrication, said in a statement he was thankful the district attorney had rejected the charges.
“This Thanksgiving,” he said, “I am especially grateful for justice.”
A spokeswoman for the district attorney would not say why prosecutors declined to take the case from Los Angeles police. Documents supporting the decision were not released because the case was referred to the city attorney and is still under investigation.
And no one can say he doesn’t have gall as Avenatti combined his statement with a request for donations to his PAC.
Minuitti described the attack in her declaration for a restraining order. She explaing that they got in an argument over money at the apartment they lived in. She said he then grabbed her by the arm, dragged her out of bed and dragged her around the apartment calling her an “ungrateful f**king b**ch.”
A police spokesperson said police observed injuries on her and her declaration included photos showing bruises to her hand, shoulder and leg.