Stormy Daniels Arrested; Lawyer Claims 'Set-Up'

She allegedly violated Ohio law prohibiting strip club touching
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2018 6:13 AM CDT
Stormy Daniels Arrested; Lawyer Claims 'Set-Up'
In this April 16, 2018 file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, stands with her lawyer Michael Avenatti as she speaks outside federal court, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club early Thursday after allegedly violating an "obscure" state law, per CNN—though her lawyer claims it was a set-up. Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, was believed to have been performing at Columbus strip club Sirens when she "was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a nonsexual manner" during a "sting operation," her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tweeted Thursday. Under Ohio law, a dancer at a sexually oriented business is barred from touching anyone but a family member when nude or semi-nude.

Noting Daniels was "performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs," Avenatti referred to the arrest as "a setup & politically motivated" and promised to fight the "bogus charges." Daniels was released from custody after posting $6,054 bail and is to be arraigned at 9am Friday in Franklin County Municipal Court, per CNN. Daniels, who is suing President Trump in regards to a $130,000 payment she claims to have received in exchange for her silence about an alleged 2006 affair, has said she was previously threatened in a parking garage, per the New York Daily News. (More Stormy Daniels stories.)

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