Notorious adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels is threatening to tell her controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti “you’re fired!” after police led him away in handcuffs on Wednesday. And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is throwing Avenatti's own words right back at him.
The 47-year-old attorney, who has teased a run for president in 2020 and is leading Daniels’ legal battle against President Trump, was taken into custody under suspicion of domestic violence, according to ABC 7.
Details of the alleged incident are scarce. Many have speculated that it involved his estranged wife, who has described him as “emotionally abusive” and “angry and vindictive,” Fox News reported.
“[Avenatti] is hot-tempered and used to having his way — when he doesn’t he gets extremely loud and verbally aggressive,” Lisa Storie-Avenatti added.
Avenatti, who was released after posting bail, claims that Wednesday’s domestic violence accusation against him is completely false, saying that the “[LAPD were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me.”
“I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night,” he continued, according to the Washington Examiner. “Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
He also said Thursday morning that he believes he was set up by Jacob Wohl, who NBC News describes as a “far-right conspiracy theorist.” Wohl was found to be part of a scheme to down special counsel Robert Mueller with a sexual misconduct allegation.
“First Mueller and now me. When we are fully exonerated I am coming for you Jacob Wohl aka Surefire,” Avenatti publicly threatened on Twitter.
Wohl, in response, said, “Michael Avenatti’s criminal threats against me are being reported to law enforcement as we speak."
Daniels isn’t so sure Avenatti is entirely innocent, and she promised to fire him if he has acted violently toward a woman.
She told New York Magazine, “These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations, but right now that is all they are: allegations. We should all reserve judgment 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.”
Huckabee destroyed the lawyer on Twitter, writing, "Don't know if creepy Michael Avenatti is guilty of beating a woman as charged, but he has screamed a lot that we should always 'believe the woman.' Okay, Michael, if you insist."