Stormy Daniels Arrested After Performing in Ohio Strip Show

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2018

A prosecutor's memo provided by Avenatti says an OH illegal touching law can not be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club.

Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday the arrest was politically motivated and "reeks of desperation".

Daniels' arraignment is scheduled for Friday at Ohio's Franklin County Municipal Court.

She vowed to donate "all tips" to the lawyers' fees for two other dancers arrested with her.

In Avenatti's tweets, he says Daniels was arrested for "allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner". "We will fight all bogus charges", Avenatti said on Twitter. OH strip club law reportedly prohibits patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patron is a member of the dancer's immediate family.

The law says that it's illegal to make contact with a nude dancer who "regularly appears" nude at a club.

Daniels later announced that a follow-up performance at the same club on Thursday - initially cancelled - would go ahead after all. This was a setup & politically motivated.

"They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?"

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"They placed undercover officers in the strip club where they hoped they would be able to arrest my client", Avenatti said in a phone call.

Daniels made the national spotlight this year due to a legal controversy with President Donald Trump, in which she claims she was coerced to sign a confidentiality contract to prevent her from talking about a former affair during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Avenatti expects her to be released on bail, and charged with a misdemeanor.

The person Stormy touched was actually a Columbus police officer named Mary Prather.

This photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018, shows porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Representatives for the Columbus Division of Police did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Cohen allegedly paid Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about her sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.

Daniels has been the focus of global headlines since it was revealed she received a pre-election payoff meant to buy her silence related to an alleged affair with Trump.

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