News & Opinion | July 26, 2018 1:12 pm

Leaked Emails Show Undercover Ohio Police Targeted Stormy Daniels

The emails contradict the original statement by the police.

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Porn actress Stormy Daniels is led into jail in Columbus, Ohio., after being taken into custody during a Wednesday evening, July 11, 2018, show. (WBNS via AP)

Undercover police officers targeted Stormy Daniels during her performance at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club earlier this month, according to leaked emails obtained by the Fayette Advocate and reported by Buzzfeed News. The emails contradict the initial statement by the Columbus Division of Police that Daniels had been mistakenly caught up in a long-term investigation of human trafficking and prostitution at the club.

Daniels was at the Sirens Columbus on July 12 as part of a tour she started since her alleged affair with President Trump and subsequent payout of hush money became public. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested along with two other women. Police alleged that she sexually touched three undercover police officers. The charges were quickly dropped.

The leaked emails make it seem like Daniels’ ongoing dispute with Trump played a role in the arrest. In the emails, a vice officer sent herself research on Daniels two days before the porn star appeared in Columbus, reviewing news articles on Daniels as well as a photo showing her with Trump. The officer sent another email on July 12.

“I got the elements,” she wrote, referring to the criteria of arresting a person for a crime, according to Buzzfeed. “We arrested Stormy this morning, she is in jail.”

The whistleblower told Fayette Advocate that they think the emails prove the police lied about the circumstances surrounding Daniels’ arrest. Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti said on Twitter that the emails were “disturbing.”