Adult film star Stormy Daniels, locked in a court battle with President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, was arrested Wednesday while performing at a strip club in what her lawyer described as a "politically motivated" setup.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, when some of the club's patrons touched her in a "non-sexual" way, Avenatti told The Associated Press.
She was released on bail before 6 a.m. Thursday. She was due to be arraigned Friday.
NBC News have posted a video online of what they say is Ms Daniels arriving at Jackson Pike Correctional Center in handcuffs. "This was a setup & politically motivated".
The attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels says prosecutors have dropped all charges against her following her overnight arrest at an OH adult club. We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing 'touching.' We will vehemently contest all charges.
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Charging documents say Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested for touching a patron at a "sexually oriented" business in violation of the law commonly known as the Community Defense Act. Avenatti said she was accused of allowing a patron to touch her while on stage in a "nonsexual manner".
"Are you kidding me?" he asked.
A prosecutor's memo provided by Avenatti says an OH illegal touching law can't be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club. "There has to be higher priorities".
A third detective who observed the "criminal activity" from the back of the club told the other officers he would leave and request patrol assistance to arrest Daniels and two other suspects, according to the police report.
Cohen has said he made the payment.
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Avenatti on Twitter cited an official statement from Daniels saying that because of her arrest Thursday night's performance was canceled. I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus, ' Daniels said. Trump has denied the affair and the hush money, but his former attorney Michael Cohen let it slip that he paid her.
Avenatti confirmed to Fox News that his client was arrested just after midnight Thursday.
Earlier this week, Daniels performed in Washington minutes before President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination. Curry said she has never seen anyone get arrested in the 2 years she has worked at Sirens, nor has she had any experience with the law while on the job.
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