Stormy Daniels Arrested at Strip Club in Ohio

Avenatti calls arrest 'politically motivated'

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• July 12, 2018 8:59 am


Michael Avenatti, lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, said his client was arrested Wednesday night while performing at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio.

He announced on Twitter shortly after 12 a.m. on Thursday that she was arrested on misdemeanor chargers after she permitted a customer to touch her in a "non sexual manner" while on stage.


Evidently, Avenatti was displeased with the arrest, referring to it as desperate and politically motivated. "They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!!" he continued in another tweet.

Ohio law dictates that "an employee who regularly appears nude or seminude is prohibited from touching patrons on the premises of a sexually oriented business — unless it's a family member."

Daniels was brought to a correction facility in Jackson Pike and was charged with misdemeanor sex offenses, CNBC reported. She posted bail and was released Thursday morning. Avenatti promised to "vehemently contest all charges."

Avenatti reported there were several undercover vice officers at the club and they arrested Daniels immediately after the customer touched her.

A probable cause affidavit, obtained by a CBS affiliate, claims detectives saw Daniels "remove her top and force patrons' faces into her chest." The complaint alleges she also fondled the breasts of female patrons. When detectives approached the stage after witnessing these actions, Daniels grabbed the faces of two of them and shoved them between her breasts, according to the complaint.

Daniels,  whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006 while the president was married to Melania Trump. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, set up a shell company to pay Daniels $130,000 in return for her signing a non-disclosure agreement in October 2016.

Daniels is suing Trump to be released from the agreement. The president has denied an affair occurred.

Avenatti later posted an official statement from Daniels in which she announced she would "unfortunately be unable to go forward" with her scheduled Thursday performance in Ohio.

UPDATE 9:00 A.M.: This story was updated with Daniels' statement.

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