Stormy Daniels: I’ll seek new lawyer if Avenatti domestic violence allegations prove true

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels on Thursday said she intends to seek new representation if the domestic violence allegations against her attorney, Michael Avenatti, prove true. 

In a statement to New York magazine, Daniels called the allegations, which came to light on Wednesday night, "very troubling." 


"These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations but right now that is all they are: allegations," Daniels said. "We should all reserve judgement until the investigation—an investigation Michael has said he welcomes—is complete, and that’s what I’m going to do." 

"But of course I do not condone violence against women and if these allegations prove true, I will be seeking new representation," she added. 

Los Angeles police said Avenatti was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence. He has categorically denied any allegations of abuse, telling reporters, "I have never struck a woman." 

Avenatti in a statement to The Hill called the allegations "completely bogus." 

"I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night," the star attorney said. "Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”

Avenatti, one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE's most vocal antagonists and a possible 2020 presidential contender, first gained national attention as Daniels's attorney in her lawsuit against the president. Avenatti became a fixture on cable news networks as he vouched for Daniels, who is suing to void a nondisclosure agreement about her alleged 2006 affair with the president. 

Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted in court over the summer that he paid off two women to stay silent about alleged affairs with then-candidate Trump. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal counts, including a campaign finance violation related the $130,000 payment he made to Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election. 

Avenatti has taken up legal challenges during some of the most controversial moments in Trump's presidency.

His clients have included families separated at the southern border as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy and Julie Swetnick, a woman who brought sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland Virginia political scandals show why words, and their delivery, truly matter In Virginia, due process should count more than blind team support MORE, who denied her claims.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE (R-Iowa) announced last month that he was referring Swetnick and Avenatti to the Justice Department for a potential criminal investigation into whether they made false statements to Congress about Kavanaugh.

Daniels has long expressed support and loyalty for Avenatti, once comparing him to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo working on the Sistine Chapel.