Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, after allegedly touching patrons during a Wednesday night performance, according to police. "I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus", Daniels said in a statement posted by Avenatti.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, when some of the club's patrons touched her in a "non-sexual" way, Avenatti told The Associated Press.
Daniels' attorney told NBC News there were multiple undercover vice officers in the club during her show and after the customer touched her, officers got up and arrested her on the spot. According to a tweet from Stormy's laywer, Michael Avenatti, she has been charged with three misdemeanors, all of which Stormy will plead "not guilty to".
A prosecutor's memo provided by Avenatti said an OH illegal touching law cannot be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club. We will fight all bogus charges.
Daniels was released on bail early Thursday morning, and is due back in court Friday morning for an arraignment.
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The law, The Community Defense Act, prohibits adult entertainment - defined as nude or topless dancing - between midnight and 6am. Avenatti said the officers present at the performance were in plain clothes.
An Ohio strip club law prohibits all patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patrons are members of the dancer's immediate family.
Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the porn film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became USA president, is shown in this booking photo released by Franklin County Sheriff's Office, in Columbus, Ohio, on July 12, 2018. I think they are going to be reasonable about this.
Daniels has canceled the rest of her live engagements until the matter is settled. But according to a Columbus Dispatch article published in September, 2017, the law has rarely been used.
"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 said. Trump has forcefully denied the affair. She is suing Trump and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to be released from a nondisclosure agreement that she says she signed days before the 2016 presidential election to prevent her from publicly discussing the alleged affair. In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations".