Lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels says she was arrested

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

"It's absurd that law enforcement resources are being spent to conduct a sting operation related to customers touching performers in a strip club in a non-sexual manner".

The porn star's lawyer said the arrest "reeks of desperation", and said Daniels was performing the same routine she had done "at almost a hundred strip clubs" throughout the country.

Avenatti said Daniels was performing the same act on Wednesday that "she has performed across the nation at almost a hundred strip clubs".

Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he became president, was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, her lawyer said early Thursday.

"This was a setup & politically motivated".

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The AP reports that a Columbus police spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Reached by The Washington Post early Thursday, a representative for Sirens strip club refused to comment. While exact details of the performance have yet to be released, the answer may lie with a decade-old OH state law, the Community Defense Act.

A spokesman for the Franklin County Sheriff's office could find no instances in which the 2007 law had been used, he told the Dispatch. Avenatti said in another tweet, appearing to suggest a set-up.

Daniels was scheduled to perform at Sirens Gentlemen's Club on Wednesday and Thursday, according to its website.

Daniels has been entrenched in a legal controversy with Trump over their alleged 2006 encounter, which he has repeatedly denied. The president had claimed that the payment to Clifford - who says she had an affair with Trump - had nothing to do with his election campaign.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, concedes the patrons did indeed touch his client but in a "non-sexual way".

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