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Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio

Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio

Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleges Trump's lawyer paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about an affair she had with the President in 2006, was arrested in OH on Wednesday night, TMZ reports. According to the motion passed by prosecutors, the law only applies to dancers who appear nude or semi-nude "regularly" at a particular establishment. "I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus", she said.

Columbus police charged Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, with three misdemeanor counts of touching a patron at a "sexually oriented" business in violation of an OH strip club law, according to online court records.

Police said Daniels made her way over to another detective and performed the same acts on him. After taking off her top, Daniels "began forcing the faces of the patrons into her chest and using her bare breasts to smack the patrons".

Another detective who was standing back by the bar said he witnessed the "criminal activity".

The court documents also did not specify whether or not Clifford was taken into custody. Daniels smacked that female officer's face with her breasts, according to the affidavit. Daniels, Miranda Panda of Marion, Ohio, and Brittany Walters of Pickerington, Ohio, were each charged in the undercover operation.

She was released on bail before 6 a.m. Thursday. The strip club where she reportedly performed, called Sirens, also declined to comment when asked about the matter.

A lawyer for the star, who is locked in a court battle with US President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, said the arrest was "politically motivated".

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Avenatti tweeted Daniels was arrested for "allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner".

On Thursday, Avenatti tweeted that the actor would enter not guilty pleas to three misdemeanour charges. "There has to be higher priorities".

"She was there for her performance, and unbeknownst to her, the police set up a sting operation within the strip club with multiple officers", said Avenatti. "It reeks of desperation", his tweet said.

"It just seems absurd to me that this is something that would require this amount of resources and would result in the arrest of my client", Avenatti continued.

Daniels has gained nationwide notoriety after she claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and accused him of paying her $130,000 in hush money during the 2016 election. The White House has said Trump denies an affair happened. Avenatti alleges the payment was a violation of campaign finance law and was created to suppress speech.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the law, in effect since 2007, is seldom enforced. If that space is violated by customers, they are generally escorted out. After Stormy's performance, she and the other 2 were arrested at the same time.