Adult film star Stormy Daniels arrested in OH strip club 'setup' - lawyer

Adult film star Stormy Daniels arrested in OH strip club 'setup' - lawyer

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, vowed to fight the "bogus charges" his client faces after she was apparently arrested early Thursday while performing at an OH strip club, in what he blasted as a "setup" that was "politically motivated".

Mr Avenatti tweeted that Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, had been performing "the same act she has performed across the nation at almost 100 strip clubs".

"We are confident she will be cleared of all charges", Avenatti said.

After posting bail and pleading not guilty on the charges, the charges against Daniels were dismissed Thursday afternoon. Daniels started performing at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court. Officers also say she was fondling the breasts of female patrons.

Avenatti claimed the arrest was a politically-motivated "sting operation".

Avenatti, who has been a familiar face on U.S. cable TV since becoming Daniels' attorney, claimed Daniels performed the same act at Sirens that she had performed at almost 100 strip clubs across the US. "We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing "touching". A violation is a misdemeanor.

But cops said in the arrest report that it was Daniels who was "forcing the faces of patrons into her chest and using her bare breasts to smack the patrons" - and then did the same thing to both male and female cops. "There has to be higher priorities!", he added.

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Police said Daniels made her way over to another detective and performed the same acts on him.

"They asked her if they could place their face in between her breasts while she was performing on stage", Avenatti said, referring to the officers. "I deeply apologise to my fans in Columbus", Daniels said in a statement posted by Avenatti. Reached by The Washington Post early Thursday, a representative for Sirens strip club refused to comment.

"It just seems absurd to me that this is something that would require this amount of resources and would result in the arrest of my client", Avenatti continued.

Through White House officials, Trump has denied the affair with Daniels, although Cohen has admitted paying her US$130,000 as part of the agreement.

Earlier this week, Daniels performed in Washington minutes before President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination.

Although the law has been in effect for over a decade, a 2017 report from The Columbus Dispatch found that it is seldom enforced. After Stormy's performance, she and the other 2 were arrested at the same time.

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