Michael Avenatti calls Stormy Daniels arrest 'politically motivated'

13 July 2018, 01:47 | Santos Harmon

Stormy Daniels arrested while performing at Ohio strip club, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti says

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony in her honor in West Hollywood California

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

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was accused of touching three customers who were undercover vice detectives in the early-morning incident, police in the OH capital Columbus said in a statement. She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning.

According to a copy of Clifford's charging documents, however - obtained by WBNS-TV - Clifford stands accused of "touching a "specified anatomical area" of female and male officers posing as patrons, and also touched them with her own 'specified anatomical area'".

Before the charges were dropped, Avenatti said in a tweet that the arrest was "a setup & politically motivated" and "reeks of desperation". He also said that Daniels is briefly postponing her national tour and will plead not guilty to the charges against her.

An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who is not a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer, and prohibits dancers from touching customers. A violation is a misdemeanor.

When two detectives and an officer approached the stage, the documents said, Daniels made her way to one of them and began performing in front of her. Daniels "leaned over, grabbed Det".

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"Are you kidding me?" he asked. Avenatti tweeted Thursday. "They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?" He vowed to fight the "bogus charges", even suggesting there are "higher priorities" at stake for the police.

Avenatti tells NBC News his understanding is that there were several undercover vice officers in the club.

Avenatti said it was "ridiculous" that Columbus Police forced Daniels on a perp walk for the cameras at Jackson Pike Correctional Facility and police could instead focus on Columbus's skyrocketing murder rate.

They say Stormy's touchy-feely performance came later - around 11:30 PM - and she actually motorboated all 3 undercover cops, not just Praither. Reached by The Washington Post early Thursday, a representative for Sirens strip club refused to comment. Avenatti called the arrest a "complete set up" in an interview with the Associated Press. Trump has denied the accusation.

Although the law has been in effect for over a decade, a 2017 report from The Columbus Dispatch found that it is seldom enforced. Trump has said he personally reimbursed Cohen for that payment.



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