Michael Avenatti announced Tuesday that he would not be running for president in 2020. Avenatti, who represents porn star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, made the announcement after being arrested in Los Angeles last month for allegedly striking an ex-girlfriend.
The celebrity lawyer posted $50,000 bail and has vehemently denied the charges against him saying he would be “fully exonerated” after the facts of his case are disclosed in the near future.
“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020,” Avenatti tweeted. “I do not make this decision lightly – I make it out of the respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run.”
Please see my statement below regarding 2020. pic.twitter.com/ztCfZUY6hA
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 4, 2018
Avenatti added, “I will continue to represent Stormy Daniels and others against Donald Trump and his cronies and will not rest until Trump is removed from office, and our republic and its values are restored.”
Avenatti also represented Julie Swetnick, who was one of the women who accused Supreme Court Justice Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his nomination process of sexual assault.
She said she witnessed Kavanaugh and his friend “spike” the punch at parties when they were in high school, so he and other men could “gang” rape the girls attending the parties. Swetnick’s outlandish claims were never substantiated and Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.
As for the allegations that Avenatti struck a woman, he said last month after his arrest, “I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident I will be fully exonerated.”
Last week, Daniels, told The Daily Beast that Avenatti had filed the defamation lawsuit against Trump without her permission. She said that Avenatti had not been truthful about her legal defense fund but by Monday Avenatti tweeted out that attorneys fees awarded in the case will be “a small fraction of what Trump & Cohen will owe Stormy in the main NDA case.” In October, a federal judge dismissed the defamation lawsuit against Trump. Trump’s lawyers are now asking Daniels pay them the $340,000 in legal fees spent on the case.
On Tuesday, Daniels mended fences with Avenatti, saying she still retains him as her lawyer.
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Be clear: Any attys fees that may be awarded in the defamation case (that is going to be reversed on appeal) are but a small fraction of what Trump & Cohen will owe Stormy in the main NDA case. We have already forced them to admit they lied to the court and the judge repeatedly.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 3, 2018