Lisa Storie filed criminal complaint against estranged husband Michael Avenatti
Avenatti is said to have kicked his wife out of their apartment on Tuesday
Storie was reportedly seen with sunglasses and screaming into her phone
Avenatti ‘claims that his wife struck him first’ during altercation
Avenatti and Storie married in 2011. He filed for divorce last year
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a porn actress who claims she was paid hush money to keep silent about an alleged affair with Donald Trump, has reportedly been arrested for domestic violence.
Avenatti’s estranged wife, Lisa Storie, filed a criminal complaint against the lawyer with authorities in Los Angeles, TMZ is reporting.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Storie’s face was ‘swollen and bruised’ when she submitted her complaint to authorities.
The alleged incident took place on Tuesday at an apartment in the Century City section of Los Angeles, TMZ is reporting.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for a porn actress who claims she was paid hush money to keep silent about an alleged affair with Donald Trump, has reportedly been arrested for domestic violence. Avenatti is seen above at Politicon 2018 in Los Angeles on October 20
Sources told TMZ that the couple had another confrontation on Wednesday.
Storie was seen Wednesday running out of the apartment and screaming into her cell phone while wearing sunglasses to conceal the alleged bruises on her face.
‘I can’t believe you did this to me,’ she reportedly yelled into the phone.
Security guards then led Storie back inside the building, according to TMZ.
Five minutes later, Avenatti showed up and ran into the building, chasing after her.
‘She hit me first,’ Avenatti is reported to have said repeatedly.
‘This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***,’ he angrily said.
Investigators told TMZ that Avenatti kicked Storie out of his apartment on Tuesday, which was when the alleged incident took place.
Storie then returned to the apartment on Wednesday to retrieve her things and asked police to wait nearby in case things escalated.
The couple married in 2011. Avenatti filed for divorced last year.
He is reported to be in police custody.
Storie called her estranged husband ’emotionally abusive’, ‘hot-tempered’ and ‘angry and vindictive’ in court documents last year.
The pair began proceedings in November, when Storie filed in Los Angeles before having her petition dismissed.
It was later moved to a court in Orange County and Avenatti was the one who filed the papers.
In one document which was obtained by Fox News, Storie described an incident at their $17million home where she said her ex-husband became ‘verbally aggressive’.
She has since retracted her description of him and said the pair are trying to divorce civilly and in private.
She said there had never been any form of abuse – physical, emotional or verbal – between them and described him as a ‘good man’ of whom she has never been afraid.
Avenatti has also told DailyMail.com that he never abused his wife, the mother of his son, in any way.
The court document reads: ‘[Avenatti] is hot tempered and used to having his way – when he doesn’t he gets extremely loud and verbally aggressive. ‘
It goes on to describe an incident on December 17 when he arrived at their home to find Storie had changed the locks on their home.
‘I offered for him to be with [their son] for 9am to 7pm with a nanny present. He took umbrage with the request, showed up with his 15-year-old daughter and demanded access to the house…he immediately started yelling at me,’ she said in the documents.
In her statement in May – after telling Fox News that she was frustrated that their divorce had not yet been finalized – Storie painted her estranged husband differently.
‘Michael has in the past been a loving and caring husband and is a loving and caring father. I never called the police because I was never threatened with harm. I never sought to have him excluded from our home because I felt threatened or feared for my safety or that of my son.
‘Further, he has paid all child support and spousal support. He is a good man.
Storie added that journalists were trying to ‘harm him’ with a ‘defamatory story that has no basis in reality’.
Avenatti told DailyMail.com in May: ‘There was never any abuse, alleged or otherwise, by me in my relationship with my wife.’
‘There are a host of things that I could disclose relating to Lisa, her habits and the circumstances around her filing but I will decline to do so at this time as she is the mother to my son and I do not think it is appropriate to malign her,’ he added.
In May, Storie told Fox News: ‘I need to be divorced and if [Michael Avenatti] continues to paint the narrative, he can ignore our case! Everyone reports we are divorced. That does not help my goal to get a divorce.