Once-high-flying Hollywood agent Adam Venit has allegedly admitted to arresting his wife Trina under false pretenses, according to a court filing Thursday in Los Angeles federal court.
The filing includes a January 2019 letter to his ex-wife Trina in which Venit explains the circumstances leading to his arrest and apologizes for his conduct.
“We were arguing and it was heated but I STUPIDLY got our kids involved and made the mistake of running scared and doing the UNTHINKING of arresting you,” the letter read. “One of the two biggest failures and regrets of my life. SO SORRY.”
A representative for Adam Venit could not be reached for comment.
The letter was included in a motion filed this week by attorneys for Trina Venit in the US Central District Court in Los Angeles. She sued the former WME partner in June, accusing him of sexual assault, battery and false imprisonment over a period of several years.
Venit alleged that during a 2019 altercation, her husband chased her around her house in an attempt to find her phone and threatened to report her for domestic violence, throwing himself to the ground “in hopes of fabricating an injury to support his fabricated abuse claim.” ”, according to his lawsuit. Police arrested Trina Venit for domestic violence and released her the next morning, she said.
Earlier this month, Adam Venit asked the federal court to dismiss his lawsuit, arguing that the matter should be resolved in family court. He said in a filing that Trina Venit’s domestic violence allegations were “totally fabricated” and that she is trying to “abuse this federal forum as part of its continuing quest to obtain more than half of the parties’ marital property.”
But on Thursday, Trina Venit filed an opposition to that motion to dismiss her case, including the letter purportedly written by Venit describing the psychological issues that led to their dispute and her arrest.
“In the letter, the defendant admits that he called the police on the plaintiff, notoriously No due to any actual or threatened violence by her towards him, but rather due to, among other things, the defendant’s ‘confused psychology’; ‘tension and [Plaintiff’s] threats to write a book [and] to call [Defendant] gay,’” Trina Venit stated in her complaint. “This letter constitutes a clear admission that Defendant’s version of events was fabricated all along.”
Venit, whose clients included stars like Adam Sandler, came to public attention in 2018 when he resigned from WME following allegations by Terry Crews that Venit groped him at a party in West Hollywood in 2016. The lawsuit was settled and Venit has apologized. with Crews for the incident.
In March 2021, Adam Venit filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage. Trina obtained a temporary domestic violence restraining order against her estranged husband, with evidence of multiple instances of abuse. The Los Angeles Police Department “seized at least eight firearms and bulky ammunition belonging to Adam from the family’s former residence on April 17, 2021,” she allegedly said in her lawsuit.
Two months later, Venit filed her own domestic violence restraining order against Trina, from Hawaii, where she currently resides, according to her complaint.
Both restraining orders were later withdrawn.
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