Stormy Daniels Arrested at Strip Club in Columbus, Her Lawyer Says
Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he became president, was arrested at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, her lawyer said early Thursday.
Ms. Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, had been scheduled to appear at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in northeastern Columbus on Wednesday in addition to also Thursday, according to the club’s website.
She was arrested for allowing a customer to touch her “in a non sexual manner” while she was on stage, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter. He wrote in which she was supposed to be charged having a misdemeanor “for allowing ‘touching.’”
A man who answered the phone at Sirens early Thursday morning said, “We have no comment on in which.” He declined to provide his name. The Columbus Police Department did not immediately return a phone call.
Since gaining nationwide prominence for her accusation against President Trump — in addition to also the $130,000 payment she received to originally keep quiet — Ms. Clifford has drawn crowds at strip clubs across the country, including in Greenville, S.C., Salem, Ore., in addition to also Des Moines, Iowa. They were mostly curiosities until her trip to Columbus.
Mr. Avenatti, an outspoken lawyer who has become a sharp critic of Mr. Trump, saw political machinations behind the arrest.
“This particular was a setup & politically motivated,” Mr. Avenatti wrote. “the idea reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges.”
In Ohio, the idea is usually illegal for an employee who is usually “nude or seminude” at a sexually oriented business to be touched by a patron or to touch a patron, with the exception of an immediate family member. Depending on what body part is usually touched, the charge can be a first- or fourth-degree misdemeanor.