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Attorney Michael Avenatti hit with domestic violence restraining order by actress

Actress Mareli Miniutti reportedly filed a restraining order against attorney Michael Avenatti, who was arrested last week on suspicion of committing felony domestic abuse. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

A 20-something actress from Estonia reportedly filed a domestic violence restraining order against porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer and Democratic 2020 hopeful Michael Avenatti this week.

Avenatti was taken into police custody on suspicion of felony domestic violence last week after an alleged altercation with an unnamed woman, and a report by The Blast says "the woman who accused Michael Avenatti of domestic violence has now filed for a restraining order against the attorney."

Avenatti denies all allegations that he committed any assault, and insists he was targeted by 20-year-old Jacob Wohl, who made uncorroborated sexual assault claims against special counsel Robert Mueller last month on behalf of another unnamed woman.

What are the details?

According to court records obtained by The Blast, actress Mareli Miniutti filed a restraining order against Avenatti in Los Angeles on Monday. A hearing on the ex parte has reportedly been set for Dec. 10.

Responding to The Blast's story, Avenatti insisted on Twitter that the allegations against him are false.

TMZ reported that Avenatti was arrested at his apartment Wednesday, after a woman ran outside the building yelling into a cellphone, "I can't believe you did this to me!" The initial story said the victim was Avenatti's estranged wife, which turned out to be false.

A witness told the celebrity gossip site that the woman's face was swollen and bruised.

Avenatti then appeared, allegedly saying, "She hit me first," and adding, "This is bulls**t, this is f***ing bulls**t." No charges have been filed against him.

In the early hours Tuesday, Avenatti posted a cryptic message about Instagram posts undercutting "bogus, fabricated claims."

Hill Reporter then published a story saying that Miniutti posted a video on Instagram within hours of Avenatti's arrest where she seemed "downright happy."

"We don't know the severity of those bruises but based on her Instagram posts, either a lot of makeup was applied or TMZ's report was once again incorrect," the site said, ignoring the fact that the video could have been shot at any point in the past.

According to Fox News, the founders of Hill Reporter — Brian and Ed Krassenstein — are "open anti-Trump activists, who were subject to a federal investigation for allegedly boosting online Ponzi schemes."

On the day of Avenatti's arrest, Ed Krassenstein offered his assistance to the attorney, asking, "Let me know how we can help."

Who is Mareli Miniutti?

Miniutti had a cameo in "Ocean's 8," appeared in the 2016 comedy "How to Be Single," and will have parts in the upcoming films "Sargasso" and "Crypto," Fox News reported.

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