Washington, Nov 21 (AP/UNB) — An actress who says she had a relationship with Michael Avenatti alleges that he dragged her across the floor of his Los Angeles apartment after an argument over money, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Mareli Miniutti wrote in a sworn statement that during the argument, Avenatti shouted expletives at her and told her she was "ungrateful" before he hit her in the face with pillows. She said Avenatti attempted to pull her out of a bed in his guest bedroom and snatched her phone away before she screamed for help.
Avenatti, who was arrested last week on a felony domestic violence charge, called the allegations "completely false." He's scheduled to appear in court next month.
Avenatti, who is mulling a presidential run, is best known as the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has said she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, a claim Trump denies. As Daniels' lawyer, Avenatti has pursued the president and those close to him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his lawyers in tweets.
Asked about Avenatti's arrest, Trump said Tuesday, "I wish him the best of luck."
In her request for a restraining order against Avenatti, Miniutti said she was wearing only a T-shirt and underpants when he grabbed her by the arm and dragged her out of the bed. The order was granted Monday.
She said she was scratched on her side and leg. Court papers include photographs that appear to show bruises.
Miniutti said she eventually ran back into the bedroom, put on pants and ran to a service elevator, riding to the lobby with Avenatti. A friend picked her up and took her to the friend's home, where she called Los Angeles police.
Avenatti was released on $50,000 bail after his arrest last Wednesday. Prosecutors have not formally filed charges.
Avenatti's lawyers sent a letter to Los Angeles detectives Monday that said he didn't inflict any injuries and had never been physically confrontational with anyone. The letter was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the investigation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
In a statement, Avenatti said: "There is extensive evidence that demonstrates that these allegations are fabricated, including multiple security cameras. I will be fully vindicated when all of this is said and done."
He has also called for his apartment building to release surveillance video that he says would support his claims, even though the violence described by Miniutti would not have occurred in the building's public areas.
Miniutti said this was the second such incident between her and Avenatti. She said Avenatti in February pushed her out of another apartment they were sharing into a hallway, where she struck her head against a door.
She described Avenatti as "verbally abusive and financially controlling."
Dhaka, Nov 20 (UNB) - Adventure movie in Bangla ‘Hridoyer Rongdhonu’ (Life in Rainbow) has been selected as “View Corner” at Goa Film Bazaar.
Asian Institute of Media and Communication Bangladesh (AIMC) informed that its first Asian Premier will be held on 24th November at QUBE 2 Hall at 2 pm in India tourist city Goa.
Director Producer Razibul Hossain is participating in Film Bazaar along with his film Hridoyer Rongdhonu.
Razibul Hossain said, “After two years of straggling for censorship certificate from Bangladesh Film Censor Board, the film got finally received it on October 23, 2018. We were looking for the long-awaited Screening. As a creative film its must be open to everyone.”
The Asian Institute of Media and Communication - Bangladesh (AIMC) established on the eagerness of new media, virtual reality and convergence communications. It offers short courses, professional trainings, workshops, and dialogs on Film, TV, Photography, New Media and convergence communications. Educations, Research, Practice and mobilize social changes are the key area of AIMC.
On the other hand, Film Bazaar is the largest South Asian film market. It encourages creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International film communities.
Created and organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Film Bazaar has evolved into South Asia’s global film market from its humble beginnings in 2007. Every edition witness increased national and international participation. Over the years, films such as Lunch Box, Margarita with a Straw, Chauthi Koot, Qissa, Ship of Theseus, Titli, Court, Anhe Ghode Da Daan, Miss Lovely, Dum Lagake Haisha, Liar’s Dice and Thithi have been through one or more programs of the Bazaar.
Over the course of five days, Film Bazaar becomes the converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world. The focus is on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution. The Bazaar also facilitates the sales of world cinema in the South Asian region.
Film Bazaar is organized every year at the Marriott Resort in Goa between 20th and 24th November.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) - Tauqir Ahmad’s new movie ‘Fagun Haway - In spring Breeze’ will be released on February 8 of the next year.
The announcement was made during the contact signing ceremony between Walton and Nokkhottro Cholochitro on Friday night in the city’s Six Seasons Hotel.
The first look (poster) of the film was inaugurated by Bipasha Hayat and Amin Khan in the presence of all artists of the movie as well as the trailer and songs of the film were also shown.
Tauqir said that he has tried to provide everything in the film according to the demands of sequence and scene without any compromise which made his film special and different comparing to others.
Actress Nusrat Imrose Tisha, who played female lead in Tauquir’s last film Haldaa, has again taken the lead role in film, will be seen sharing the screen with new comer Siam in the film.
The film is the maiden work for the promising actor Siam under the direction of Tauqir Ahmad. The hero of the film said, “It was exciting for me to be a part the film and also want to be part of the director’s next one.”
Actress Tisha said, “I am always with good works. So, there is no reason to miss being a part of this excellent film.”
The film is produced by Impress Telefilm and inspired by Tito Rahman’s `Bau Kotha Kao` short story based on the language movement.
Apart from Siam and Tisha, renowned actors Abul Hayat, Fazlur Rahman Babu, Shahidul Alam Sachchu, Roonak Hasan, Faruque Ahmed, Saju Khadem and Shahadat Hossain will also be seen in the movie.
Besides, Indian actor Yashpal Sharma, who has acted in Bollywood films like Lagaan and Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi, will play the character of a Pakistani police officer in the film.
Well-known actor turned director Tauquir Ahmed who made his directorial debut through liberation war based film Joyjatra in 2004 has picked language movement as the theme of his 8th film.
Films directed by Taquir are Joyjatra (2004), Rupkothar Golpo (2006), Daruchini Dwip (2007), Oggatonama (2016) and Haldaa (2017).
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) - ‘Hasina, A Daughter’s Tale’, a 70-minute docudrama on the eldest child of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will be released in movie houses across the country on Friday.
Two premiers of the movie were held at Star Cineplex on Thursday while another will be held at 11am on Friday.
Initially, the movie will be screened at Star Cineplex, Blockbusters Cinemas and Modhumita Cinema Hall in Dhaka, and Silver Screen in Chattogram.
Radwan Mujib Siddiq and Nasrul Hamid Bipu of Centre for Research and Information (CRI) produced the docudrama directed by Piplu Khan of Apple Box Films, while Debojyoti Mishra is the music director.
Edited by Navnita Sen, the cinematography of the movie was done by Sadik Ahmed.
Speaking at a press conference in the city recently, Director of the film Piplu Khan said, “This project was not done to focus on the philosophy of Sheikh Hasina, there is no burden or fat in this film, there’s nothing fictional here. This film is very light… it was done to focus on the incidents that took place in her life.”
Piplu said the movie focused on the life of Sheikh Hasina, not the Prime Minister, before and after August 15, 1975. “This is not my responsibility to glorify Sheikh Hasina, this is just a poetic humanistic story of Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
Piplu said he was very much attracted by the simplicity of Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana, the two survivors of the August 15 carnage.
Dhaka, Nov 14 (UNB) - Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh will tie the knot in a lavish ceremony Wednesday in accordance with both Sindhi and Konkani traditions at Lake Como in Italy.
Last night, the first event of the much-awaited wedding of the year kicked off with a mehndi and sangeet event attended by the duo’s closest friends, reports The Hindustan Times.
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Despite the event being kept under wrap and the wedding venue reportedly been converted into a fortress and no outsiders permitted, details of the event were leaked.
According to Pinkvilla, Deepika and Ranveer received a sweet surprise from their families in the form of a guitar tribute with all their songs being played.
Ranveer’s event took place at the ultra-luxurious CastaDiva Resort overlooking Lake Como while Deepika’s ceremony took place at the even more glamorous Villa d’ Este about 5 kilometers away.
At the CastaDiva resort, any and all guests or visitors were presented with a special wristband while security guards covered up the camera lenses on mobile phones with stickers. The e-invite also bore a QR code which was scanned at the entry. On the lake itself, numerous security boats patrolled just outside the perimeter of the property to deter snooping photographers or gossip hunters.
A day earlier, 12 florists from Florence reached the wedding venue to decorate it as well as the resort on the opposite side due to the bride-to-be Deepika's love for water lilies.
The Bollywood couple will reportedly host not one but three wedding receptions. One of which will take place on November 21 in Bengaluru and the other two at Grand Hyatt on November 28 and December 1.
The Villa del Balbianello where the wedding will take place is tucked away in a peninsula on the scenic coast of Lake Como.
The resort is said to be ultra-luxurious and all the 75 rooms at the resort have been booked by the couple for their grand wedding.
Further, the couple has asked for donations to charity instead of wedding gifts.
The card which has been circulating social media read, “Directing all gifts in the form of a donation to the charity we support will be greatly appreciated.”
According to the Times of India, the couple has asked for donations to be directed to Deepika’s The Live Love Laugh Foundation.