Stormy Daniels Arrested In Ohio Strip Club, Michael Avenatti Says

Posted July 13, 2018

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested in Columbus, Ohio Wednesday night after allegedly "fondling" patrons and police officers during a performance at a strip club.

Daniels was transported to jail and is expected to be charged with a misdemeanor.

Video from local station 10TV showed Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, being marched into Jackson Pike Correctional Facility around 4.30am.

An Ohio strip club law prohibits all patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patrons are members of the dancer's immediate family. In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations".

Another police detective, who was standing near the bar area, saw it all happen, according to the police report. Daniels has also promoted the show on her Instagram page.

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"During her performance, they asked her if they could place their face in between her breasts while she was performing on stage", he said. After the case was dismissed against Daniels, the city attorney said he was also looking into the charges against the other two defendants.

Another officer in the back of the club went to get backup before arresting Daniels, who was released on bond early Thursday.

Later Thursday morning, Avenatti noted, "My client @StormyDaniels will issue a plea of "Not Guilty" to the three misdemeanor charges".

Police alleged Daniels made contact with a female undercover police officer as she performed. Are you kidding me?

"They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?" "There has to be higher priorities", he wrote.

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According to TMZ, the customer Daniels allowed to "motorboat" her turned out to be Columbus police officer Mary Prather.

Avenatti claimed the arrest was a politically-motivated "sting operation". "It reeks of desperation", his tweet said. "We will fight all bogus charges", Avenatti said.

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. She was released on $6,054 bail and will be arraigned Friday morning. Trump has forcefully denied the affair.

Daniels is suing the president and his former longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, and trying to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. Avenatti alleges the payment was a violation of campaign finance law and was created to suppress speech.

Trump admitted in May that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment, although he said at the time he did not know what it was for. If that space is violated by customers, they are generally escorted out. Stormy was merely a featured guest dancer, so she's in the clear. He said his client was accused of allowing a patron to touch her while onstage in a "nonsexual manner".

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"This was a complete set up", Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, tweeted.