Stormy Daniels, porn star suing Trump, arrested at Ohio strip club for touching patrons


Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio after allegedly touching patrons during a Wednesday night performance, according to police.

Columbus police charged Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, with three misdemeanor counts of touching a patron at a “sexually oriented” business in violation of an Ohio strip club law, according to online court records.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said in an interview with The Washington Post early Thursday morning that after Daniels’s performance at Sirens strip club, she was approached by undercover officers informing her that she would be arrested. Avenatti said she was accused of allowing a patron to touch her while on stage in a “nonsexual manner.”

Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio whole performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs. This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018

But according to an arrest report cited by Columbus news station WBNS, police accuse Daniels of touching “a specified anatomical area” of individuals present at the performance, including police officers.

The police report states that Daniels, while topless and wearing a G-string, allegedly put both of her hands on an officer’s buttocks, placed both hands on an officer’s breast, and then put her breasts in an officer’s face. Avenatti said the officers present at the performance were in plain clothes.

Court records show Daniels posted $6,054.00 in bail and was released. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin Municipal Court on Friday morning.

An Ohio strip club law prohibits patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patron is a member of the dancer’s immediate family.

Avenatti said the arrest was a politically-motivated “sting operation.” He said his client was “performing the same performance that she has conducted at over a hundred strip clubs around the country.”

“This is ridiculous that law enforcement resources were used to conduct this sting operation,” he said. “There has to be a better purpose for such resources.”

A Columbus police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the arrest. Reached by The Washington Post early Thursday, a representative for Sirens strip club refused to comment.

She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner! Are you kidding me? They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!! #SetUp #Basta

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018

“We are highly confident that in the unlikely event that the district attorney proceeds with charges that she will be found not guilty,” Avenatti told The Post.

The lawyer also took to Twitter early Thursday morning, calling the arrest a “a setup & politically motivated.”

“It reeks of desperation,” Avenatti tweeted. “We will fight all bogus charges.”

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