Actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio for allegedly allowing a patron to touch her while on stage in a “nonsexual manner,” her lawyer, Michael Avenatti said early Thursday morning.
Following a performance at the Columbus strip club called Sirens Wednesday night, Daniels was approached by multiple undercover officers informing her that she would be arrested for allowing the patron to touch her, Avenatti said.
The lawyer said Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is expected to be charged with one or more misdemeanors. Early Thursday she remained in custody awaiting a determination of bail, Avenatti said.
An Ohio strip club law prohibits patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patron is a member of the dancer’s immediate family.
Avenatti claimed the arrest was a politically-motivated “sting operation.” He said his client was “performing the same performance that she has conducted at over a hundred strip clubs around the country.”
“This is ridiculous that law enforcement resources were used to conduct this sting operation,” he said. “There has to be a better purpose for such resources.”
Avenatti expected her to be released on bail shortly and vowed to “vehemently contest all charges,” he tweeted.
The Ohio strip club law prohibiting the touching of dancers, the Community Defense Act, was proposed by a Cincinnati-based conservative religious organization and approved in 2007. But according to a Columbus Dispatch article in Sept, 2017 the law has rarely been used since then.
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