Actress files for restraining order against Avenatti

The actress Mareli Miniutti is seeking a restraining order against Michael Avenatti, the attorney who was arrested last week on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

Miniutti filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking the restraining order. 

The legal action was first reported by entertainment news site The Blast. The outlet reported Miniutti also made the domestic violence report against Avenatti. Her involvement was previously unknown.

In a tweet Monday night, Avenatti denied the domestic violence charges against him and said he looked forward to his name being cleared.

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"I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts. I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone. Any claim to the contrary is completely bogus and fabricated. I am a target. And I will be exonerated," he tweeted.

Avenatti, the lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, has said he is considering running for the presidency in 2020.

Avenatti also suggested Monday that pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl was behind the accusations against him. Wohl was involved in the smear plot against special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE, in which women were reportedly offered money to fabricate sexual misconduct allegations against him.

"Jacob Wohl is a complete dirtbag. Dishonest. Unethical. Criminal. He had no right to come after Mueller or me. He will learn a very hard lesson through the judicial system. Very," Avenatti tweeted.