Michael Avenatti posted bail of $50,000 last week after being arrested in Los Angeles on felony domestic violence charges after allegedly getting in a physical fight with a woman. The identity of the accuser is unclear, and a police spokesman said the woman had visible injuries. When arrested, Avenatti reportedly shouted, “She hit me first.” Avenatti, the combative attorney who became a cable news fixture representing adult-film performer Stormy Daniels, said the allegations were “fabricated” by allies of President Trump. TMZ.com reported that a “swollen and bruised” woman filed a police report, although the news site initially misreported that the accuser was one of Avenatti’s ex-wives—both of whom later said they did not know Avenatti to be violent. Daniels, who received a hush payment from Trump in 2016 after alleging an affair, said she would wait for an investigation before deciding whether to retain Avenatti.
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, and a group of celebrities who also lost mansions in the Los Angeles area to wildfires raised nearly $2 million for Southern California’s recovery efforts at a star-studded fundraiser this week. Jamie Foxx, Sean Penn, Cindy Crawford, Minnie Driver, and Robin Thicke—who lost his home in the Woolsey Fire—were among those in attendance at the Malibu Foundation event, where several guests performed. The fundraiser was hosted by Morgan Brown, whose boyfriend, actor Gerard Butler, evacuated his house in Malibu before it nearly burned down. Lady Gaga, who fled her own Malibu home, spoke and sang at a Red Cross shelter filled with evacuees. Meanwhile, Food Network chef Guy Fieri cooked for first responders at Northern California’s Camp Fire blaze. “So many great people stepping up to take care of one another,” Fieri tweeted.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice laughed off an ESPN report this week that the Cleveland Browns wanted to interview her for head coach. A woman has never interviewed for a head coaching job in the NFL. Browns General Manager John Dorsey has said he’s open to filling his 3-6-1 team’s coaching vacancy with a woman, but denied that the George W. Bush administration official was on his “wish list,” as ESPN reported. Rice, who has never coached at any level, served on the College Football Playoff selection committee from 2013 to 2016. “I love my Browns,” said Rice, 64. She urged the league to hire women as assistant coaches: “One doesn’t have to play the game to understand it and motivate players.” ■