News & Opinion | July 12, 2018 8:55 am

Stormy Daniels Arrested During Strip Club Performance in Ohio

She is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law.

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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)

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of state law, The Associated Press reports. Michael Avenatti told AP that while Daniels was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, some patrons touched her in a “non-sexual” way. An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who is not a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer. Daniels was in police custody early Thursday morning and was expected to face a misdemeanor charge.

“This was a complete set up,” Avenatti said, according to The New York Post. “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.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006 when he was married, which Trump has denied. She is suing the president and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed right before the presidential election. She is currently on a cross-country tour.