They don't know if he truly did assault a woman, but if it turns out he definitely did, then they'e definitely done with him. "If it proves to be true, then all bets are off," Whoopi Goldberg said Thursday morning on the daytime talk show.
"It was very upsetting to hear this, very disappointing," Joy Behar said. "If it proves to be true, I will disavow him. I think he should take a polygraph test, just to clear the air."
She echoed a statement from Avenatti's porn star client, Daniels, who has been fighting President Donald Trump in court over $130,000 in hush money Michael Cohen admitted he paid her in 2016 after she signed an NDA agreeing not to talk about allegedly having sex with Melania Trump's husband over a decade ago.
"These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations, but right now that is all they are: allegations. We should all reserve judgement until the investigation — an investigation Michael has said he welcomes — is complete, and that's what I'm going to do," she said. "But of course I do not condone violence against women and if these allegations prove true I will be seeking new representation."
TMZ broke the news Wednesday that Avenatti was arrested for felony domestic violence. The alleged violence against an unidentified woman went down on Tuesday night, but they reportedly had another confrontation on Wednesday outside an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of Los Angeles.
Avenatti held a news conference after making bail and said, "I have never struck a woman. I will never strike a woman." He added he's confident he'll be "fully exonerated."
Abby Huntsman, the conservative voice on "The View," opined that if the allegations turn out to be true, "he deserves to be raked through the coals."
"Because he's been sort of this champion of the MeToo movement. Although, I will say the same thing that I said during the Kavanaugh investigation, that I am a true believer in due process," she continued. "And what drives me crazy is the hypocrisy in these moments ... I think if you believe in due process with Kavanaugh, you should also believe in due process with Michael Avenatti."
Sunny Hostin said she was "very disappointed as well" in the man she described as "a friend to the show."
"But you have a police spokesman saying that the victim had visible injuries. And he was arrested. $50,000 bail. That means that the officers had probable cause to arrest," she said. "And so, you know, we don't know a lot. We don't know who the alleged victim is. But if true, I'm so disappointed, I'm so disappointed. And I agree with you, we would have to disavow him. And he is a friend to the show, but you cannot abuse women."