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Stormy Daniels arrested after OH strip club patron touches her

12 July 2018

After Daniels's arrest, her attorney Michael Avenatti ridiculed what he called the "absurd use of law enforcement resources" and suggested on Twitter that the arrest was politically motivated.

Upon arrest, Daniels was charged with three counts of "illegally operating sexually oriented business" and knowingly touching a patron, online court records show.

But according to an arrest report cited by Columbus news station WBNS, police accuse Daniels of touching "a specified anatomical area" of individuals present at the performance, including police officers.

The lawyer also took to Twitter early Thursday morning, calling the arrest a "a setup & politically motivated". "We will fight all bogus charges", Avenatti said.

An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act proscribes anyone touching a nude or semi-nude dancer, unless they are related.

She fondled a third officer's buttocks and breasts, according to the documents.

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". She posted a $6,054 bail and was released Thursday morning. "Are you kidding me?" he wrote. In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations" she made about a sexual encounter with him. There has to be higher priorities! Reached by The Washington Post early Thursday, a representative for Sirens strip club refused to comment. Avenatti tweeted that his client would not perform at the club Thursday night.

She's suing Trump and his former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.

A defamation lawsuit was also filed in April, alleging the President tried to tarnish her reputation and credibility by dismissing her claim a man threatened her in 2011, when she was ready to go public about her alleged affair with Trump.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told followers on Twitter it was the: "same act she has performed across the nation at almost a hundred clubs".

Through White House officials, Trump has denied the affair, although Cohen has admitted paying Daniels $130,000 as part of the agreement. He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump.

Stormy Daniels arrested after OH strip club patron touches her