Adult film star Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio strip club 'setup': lawyer

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested in a Columbus, Ohio, club for allowing a customer to touch her in a non-sexual manner while on stage, lawyer Michael Avenatti said on Twitter.

Daniels made headlines worldwide for allegedly having an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 - and for the $130,000 she says she received from his attorney in 2016 in exchange for her silence about the alleged sexual encounter a decade earlier.

Daniels was arrested at a club in Columbus while performing an act she has done at almost 100 strip clubs across the US, Michael Avenatti wrote on Twitter. He added: "It reeks of desperation".

Mr Avenatti wrote: "This was a setup & politically motivated".

An Ohio law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer.

Avenatti said Daniels was arrested during a sting operation. "We will fight all bogus charges". He says the pair will contest all charges.

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He later tweeted that he expected Daniels to be released on bail "shortly" and charged with a misdemeanour for "touching".

Dailymail.com reached out to Sirens who refused to comment.

Columbus police tell CBS News they're not aware of Daniels being arrested, and as of early Thursday, Daniels wasn't being held by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

In March it was announced Daniels would sue Trump, arguing that her hush-money arrangement to not talk about an alleged affair with him was null and void because Trump never signed it.

Stormy Daniels is pictured during an interview with Anderson Cooper about her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

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