Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti claims he will be fully exonerated by a now-deleted Instagram post his accuser shared in the hours after he allegedly assaulted her.
Mareli Miniutti, an Estonian actress who has appeared in Oceans Eight, was revealed as the woman who claimed the lawyer, who represents Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald Trump, struck her.
Avenatti, 47, was booked for felony domestic assault after he allegedly struck the woman last Tuesday.
Her face was swollen and bruised with red marks on both cheeks, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Miniutti filed the domestic violence restraining order against Avenatti in Los Angeles on Monday and a hearing has been set for December 10, The Blast reported.
But Avenatti hit back against the allegations on Monday, denying he struck the woman near his ritzy Los Angeles apartment and claimed he would be vindicated by video evidence.
He claims his accuser had posted something on Instagram in the hours after the incident that showed her claims were bogus.
Avenatti appears to be referring to videos posted on Minuittis Instagram story – shared in the hours after Avenatti was taken into custody last Wednesday, according to HillReporter.
They show a carefree Miniutti laughing and apparently bruise-free – although she may have concealed her injuries with make-up.
Laywer Michael Avenatti claims he will be fully exonerated by a now-deleted Instagram post (above) his accuser, Mareli Miniutti shared in the hours after he allegedly assaulted her
There is nothing more powerful than video evidence. NOTHING! I will be fully exonerated, Avenatti tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday
He later added that posts that could quash her claims had been shared on her Instagram account that was made private after her restraining order filed at Santa Monica Court House
There is nothing more powerful than video evidence. NOTHING! I will be fully exonerated, Avenatti tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday.
He earlier hinted that Miniutti has shared posts he said undercut her claims on her Instagram page, which she made private after the restraining order she filed was made public .
People think they are so smart. Until they post stuff on IG that undercuts their bogus, fabricated claims they made less than 24 hrs earlier. We cant wait for justice! Avenatti wrote on Twitter,
He also hit back at the claims on Monday, writing: 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.
Blink and you will miss: Mareli Miniutti (center) is seen in her brief appearance in Oceans 8 – as star Anne Hathaway walks behind
Actress Mareli Miniutti on Monday filed a restraining order in Los Angeles against lawyer Michael Avenatti – less than a week after his arrest for domestic violence.
Miniutti, an Estonian native in her 20s, is a relatively little-known actress. Her most recent film credit is a cameo in "Ocean’s 8." She appeared in the 2016 comedy "How to Be Single" with actress Rebel Wilson. She will appear in the upcoming films “Sargasso” and “Crypto,” starring Kurt Russell.
Miniutti’s Instagram page was set to private after the restraining order was reported. The page’s bio reads: “Don’t confuse Instagram for real life.”
AVENATTI BAILED OUT AFTER BEING ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SAYS HE'LL BE 'EXONERATED'
Avenatti was arrested earlier this month on felony domestic violence charges. An LAPD spokesman said the alleged victim had visible injuries. An unnamed law enforcement source cited by TMZ said the woman's face was "swollen and bruised" with "red marks" on both cheeks.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Miniutti was the woman who accused Avenatti of domestic violence. Miniutti did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
"I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night," Avenatti said after his release from custody. "Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation."