Adult film star Stormy Daniels arrested in OH strip club 'setup' - lawyer

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti said her arrest at a Ohio strip club early Thursday was

Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump and is suing the president, was arrested during a performance at Sirens Gentlemen's Club in Columbus Wednesday night.

Charges have been dropped against adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is locked in a court battle with President Donald Trump, her lawyer said on Thursday following her arrest in OH for allegedly "fondling" patrons at a strip club.

"Regular appearances" is referring to this bit of OH law: "No employee who regularly appears nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually oriented business, while on the premises of that sexually oriented business and while nude or seminude, shall knowingly touch a patron who is not a member of the employee's immediate family..."

Prosecutors dropped charges against Daniels today hours after her arrest. Then-Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, allowed the law to take effect without his signature despite a Statehouse debate that included young women in pink "Dancers for Democracy" shirts opposing the effort, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Daniels has also promoted the show on her Instagram page.

He said he expected his client to be released on bail and that she would be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing touching.

Prosecutors dropped the charges today.

Because Clifford does not regularly appear at the Columbus strip club, charges were dismissed.

- Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner! "There has to be higher priorities!", he added.

Avenatti called the arrest a "complete set up" in an interview with the Associated Press.

She was accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during her strip club performance.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted afterward Daniels "refuses to be intimidated" and would "return to the scene of the "no crime" and perform again Thursday night at the club. "I think that this is one of the poorest uses of law enforcement resources I believe I have ever heard of in my lifetime".

Just days before the 2016 election, Mr Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 (£98,400) in exchange for her silence.

Police said Daniels' arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of adult clubs. The strip club where she reportedly performed, called Sirens, also declined to comment when asked about the matter. Trump has denied it.

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