Two women who were arrested at an Ohio strip club along with porn actress Stormy Daniels sued four police officers Tuesday claiming they sought to retaliate against Daniels for her sex allegations concerning Donald Trump before he became president, the AP reports. The women also said the officers arrested them to justify a non-existent long-term investigation into prostitution and sex trafficking near the club. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested in July for inappropriately touching a female undercover officer. Club employee Miranda Panda was arrested for touching another cocktail waitress and Brittany Walters was arrested for touching an undercover officer while dancing. Charges against all three women were dismissed.
Columbus city attorney Zach Klein said a week after the arrests the law used to arrest and charge the three women with first-degree misdemeanors was "glaringly inequitable" and should not be enforced. Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said at the time that Daniels' arrest was politically motivated, a claim denied by a police union official. A message seeking comment about the lawsuit was left Tuesday with Klein's office. Meanwhile, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal that Trump personally managed an effort to stop Daniels from going public with her account of their sexual tryst. That allegedly meant coordinating with lawyer Michael Cohen and son Eric Trump, who had the president's company, the Trump Organization, coordinate arbitration paperwork. The report contradicts Trump's claims that he had cut ties with his company.
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