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Michael Avenatti

Andrew Cullen | Reuters
Michael Avenatti

Controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti announced Tuesday he will not run for president in 2020, months after saying he was weighing a bid for the White House.

Avenatti had said in July that he would mounting a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination if Trump sought re-election, and then “only if I think that there is no candidated in the race that has a real chance of beating him.”

Since then he had raised money for Democratic candidates for other offices, and made trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, who are among the first states to hold presidential nomination contests.

Avenatti’s decision not to press forward with his bid for the White House comes weeks after police in Los Angeles arrested him in connection with an investigation into allegations he assaulted a woman.

He has strongly denied those claims, and has not been criminally charged. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is continuing to investigate that case, after the LA County District Attorney declined to lodge a felony charge.

Avenatti is also embroiled in several legal fights related to debts involving his law firm.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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