The Los Angeles district attorney declined to prosecute attorney / carnival barker Michael Avenatti on felony domestic abuse charges on Wednesday and referred allegations that he roughed up his girlfriend to the city attorney for a possible misdemeanor case.
Avenatti, 47, was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge last week after his girlfriend told police he abused her at his Los Angeles apartment following an argument.
Avenatti, who had called the allegations “completely false” and a fabrication, said in a statement he was thankful the district attorney had rejected the charges.
“This Thanksgiving,” he said, “I am especially grateful for justice.”
A spokeswoman for the district attorney would not say why prosecutors declined to take the case from Los Angeles.
Here’s a thought:
The Los Angeles District Attorney is currently Jackie Lacey. The position is nonpartisan, but Lacey is a registered Democrat who won the wide support (and backing) of The Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
A recall effort was launched against Lacey in January 2017 following her announcement not to file criminal charges against two police officers who shot and killed a mentally ill black man in 2014.