Lawyer claims ‘set up’ after Stormy Daniels arrested in strip club
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Lawyer claims ‘set up’ after Stormy Daniels arrested in strip club

Porn star, who is suing Trump, expected to face a misdemeanor charge for violating Ohio law prohibiting touching a nude or semi-nude dancer

In this April 16, 2018 photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels outside federal court in New York. Stormy Daniels filed a defamation complaint in federal court in New York on Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this April 16, 2018 photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels outside federal court in New York. Stormy Daniels filed a defamation complaint in federal court in New York on Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday.

While Daniels was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, some patrons touched her in a “non-sexual” way, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told The Associated Press.

An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who isn’t a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was in police custody early Thursday morning and was expected to face a misdemeanor charge, Avenatti said.

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, talks to reporters outside of federal court in New York, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

“This was a complete set up,” he said. “It’s absurd that law enforcement resources are being spent to conduct a sting operation related to customers touching performers in a strip club in a non-sexual manner.”

A Columbus police spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. A person who answered the phone at the strip club declined to comment.

Daniels has said she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006 when he was married, which Trump has denied. 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.

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