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Stormy Daniels Arrested At Ohio Strip Club In What Lawyer Describes As A 'Setup'

The adult film star, who alleges she had an affair with Donald Trump and was paid to keep quiet about it, is accused of letting patrons touch her while performing.

By Gina Tron
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Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who became embroiled in a legal dispute with President Donald Trump and his attorney over allegations that she was paid hush money to keep quiet about an alleged affair she said she had with Trump in 2006, was arrested early Thursday at an Ohio strip club.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is accused of allowing club patrons, in this case three undercover cops, to touch her while performing. The Community Defense Act, a law in Ohio, prohibits anyone from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer. The only exception to that rule is family members of the dancer.

By 6 a.m. Thursday, Daniels was released from jail after posting a $6,054 bail.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told the Associated Press that some patrons were touching Daniels in a “non-sexual” way on Wednesday night at Sirens.

A complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal court accuses Daniels of fondling breasts of female patrons while Daniels was performing, according to WSYX in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, Daniels is accused of putting her breasts on three officers’ faces. Two other performers, Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda, were also arrested and face charges similar to Daniels.

“This was a complete setup,” Avenatti said. “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.”

He posted to Twitter that his client plans to plead not guilty to three misdemeanor charges of sex offenses.

Daniels is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning.

Earlier this year, Daniels made a bombshell allegation that she had sex with Trump in 2006, when he was married. She claims she was asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement about that incident just days before the 2016 presidential election.

Trump's spokespersons have denied the affair.

[Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Office]