Avenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest

Avenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest

Michael Avenatti says he’s still considering a run for president in 2020 despite being arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

"I'm still considering it," Avenatti told USA TODAY.

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"I will not be intimidated," he added. "The measure of a person is how they get up when they are knocked down."

Avenatti has released policy platforms, visited states crucial to a successful presidential bid and even founded a new political action committee to lay a foundation for a campaign.

But it is unclear how an arrest for domestic violence in the midst of a heightened national conversation on sexual and physical abuse could impact such aspirations.

Avenatti strongly denied any wrongdoing.

"I wish to thank the hard-working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me," he said in the statement released by his office. "I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”

"I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman," Avenatti added in a press conference. "I have been an advocate for women's rights my entire career and I'm going to continue to be an advocate. "I'm not going to be intimidated from stopping what I'm doing." 

Avenatti, who built his entire brand around being the pugnacious lawyer representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE.

He named his PAC Fight PAC and declared to a group of Iowa Democrats earlier this year “When they go low, I say, we hit harder.”

Regardless of the arrest, Avenatti would likely face a crowded field of crowded field of high-caliber Democratic politicians in his pursuit for the party’s nomination. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump accuses Biden of 'quid pro quo' hours after Mulvaney remarks Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter knocks Zuckerberg for invoking her father while defending Facebook Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCampaign aide replaces Trump with Kamala Harris in viral 'meltdown' photo Warren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Poll: Biden, Warren support remains unchanged after Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFormer public school teacher: Strikes 'wake-up call' for Democratic Party First-generation American launches Senate campaign against Booker 2020 Democrats tell LGBTQ teens they're not alone on Spirit Day MORE (D-N.J.), among others, are known to be considering bids themselves.