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Stormy Daniels arrested at Ohio strip club, lawyer says


Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who is suing President Donald Trump over a hush agreement about an affair she claims she had with him, was arrested at an Ohio strip club, according to her attorney.

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, took to Twitter early Thursday claiming the arrest at Columbus, Ohio, was “politically motivated” and “reeks of desperation.”

“She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage,” Avenatti later tweeted, adding: “They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities.” 

Avenatti told the Associated Press that his client was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus. She remains in police custody Thursday and is expected to be charged with a misdemeanor, Avenatti said on Twitter.

A Columbus police spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

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, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 when he was married, which Trump has denied. She’s suing Trump and his former longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.

Contributing: Associated Press

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