Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio in the course of strip club show
US adult film star Stormy Daniels has been arrested in a strip club in Columbus, Ohio.
Ms Daniels was arrested for allegedly touching a patron in Sirens, the north Columbus venue exactly where she was performing. She has posted bail.
Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, mentioned she would deny the charges.
Ms Daniels became embroiled in a row with President Donald Trump right after saying she had slept with him in 2006, an allegation which he denies.
Her lawyer known as the arrest “a setup” and “politically motivated”.
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A police charge sheet tweeted by a CBS News reporter says Ms Daniels touched a police officer posing as a patron “in a specified anatomical location”.
Documents posted on the Franklin County Municipal Court internet site show Ms Daniels has posted $six,054 (£4,586) in bail, and is scheduled for an arraignment on Friday.
Mr Avenatti tweeted that Ms Daniels, actual name Stephanie Clifford, had been performing “the very same act she has performed across the nation at almost one hundred strip clubs”.
Mr Avenatti later said his client would plead not guilty to all 3 misdemeanour charges, and also posted a statement from Ms Daniels saying she would not be able to go ahead with tonight’s show.
“I deeply apologise to my fans in Columbus,” the statement read.
An Ohio law identified as the Community Defense Act proscribes any person touching a nude or semi-nude dancer, unless they are connected.
The Sirens venue tweeted final month to say Ms Daniels would make two “exclusive appearances” there on the nights of 11 and 12 July.
A person who answered the telephone at Sirens declined to comment.
Ms Daniels says she was paid $130,000 (£98,000) shortly ahead of the 2016 presidential election to preserve quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Mr Trump.
She is attempting to free of charge herself from a non-disclosure agreement signed just before the election, and suing more than a “defamatory” tweet by the US president earlier this year. Mr Trump denies all allegations.
Published at Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:56:14 +0000