Lawyer: Stormy Daniels arrested following performance at Ohio strip club
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 Wednesday night at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, some patrons touched her in a "non-sexual" way, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told The Associated Press.
WSYX/WTTE reports citing the official complaint, three officers approached the stage, Daniels placed her breasts first on the female officer's face and then did the same to the other two officers. The report adds that a fourth officer then called for assistance. The officers were undercover at the time.
Daniels was released Franklin County jail on bail at 6 a.m. Thursday, according to WSYX/WTTE reports.
Her lawyer stats that Daniels will issue a plea of not guilty at her arraignment, Friday morning.
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.
"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 said in a statement that, as a result of her arrest at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club, she will not perform Thursday night.
Avenatti posted Daniels' statement on Twitter early Thursday saying she apologized to her fans in Columbus. She says she is unable to go forward with her previously scheduled performance at Sirens after the events of Wednesday night.
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.