Stormy arrested at Ohio strip club

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who has said she had an affair with President Donald Trump, was arrested while performing at a strip club in Ohio's capital early on Thursday in what her lawyer called a politically motivated setup.

By Reuters in London
  • Published 13.07.18
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Stormy Daniels in a booking photo after being arrested in Columbus, Ohio. (AFP)

London: Stormy Daniels, the porn star who has said she had an affair with President Donald Trump, was arrested while performing at a strip club in Ohio's capital early on Thursday in what her lawyer called a politically motivated setup.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was accused of touching three customers who were undercover vice detectives, police in Columbus said in a statement.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said the touching was non-sexual and that his client will plead not guilty to the three misdemeanour charges of illegally operating a sexually oriented business related to knowingly touching a patron.

"This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation," Avenatti said on Twitter. "We will fight all bogus charges." Columbus police said the arrest of Daniels and two other women at Sirens Gentlemen's Club was part of an investigation into allegations of human trafficking and prostitution.