Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Michael Avenatti Calls Stormy Daniels Ohio Arrest a 'Sting Operation'

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Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 08:24

According to police, Daniels engaged in this illegal "activity" during her performance at Sirens - a gentleman's club in Columbus. TMZ broke the story. sources connected with the club tell us the undercover officers waited in the back of the club for Stormy to take the stage, appearing as if they were gunning for her. Daniels has been charged with three counts of touching a patron inside a sexually-oriented business and is due to be arraigned in court on Friday. That detective then left the club to request help from patrol in arresting Daniels and two others, who were identified in the report as a dancer and a server.

The adult film actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was performing on Wednesday night at Sirens club, in the city of Columbus. "We will fight all bogus charges", Avenatti said on Twitter. OH law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said the touching was non-sexual.

The case was dismissed on the grounds that Daniels has not regularly appeared at the strip club where she was performing.

Avenatti called the operation "a setup and politically motivated".

The high-powered attorney claims the arrest was "part of a sting" based on a "puritan law" that says there is absolutely no touching in strip clubs in Columbus. She was arrested for allegedly touching patrons during her performance, which is illegal in OH for nude or seminude performers; police say some of the patrons she allegedly touched were detectives.

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Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the porn film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became us president, is shown in this booking photo released by Franklin County Sheriff's Office, in Columbus, Ohio, on July 12, 2018.

A Columbus police spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

A spokesperson for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department told CBS as of early Thursday morning, Daniels was not being held there. The president has denied the affair.

Trump admitted in May that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment, although he said at the time he did not know what it was for.

Mr Avenatti later said his client would plead not guilty to all three misdemeanour charges, and also posted a statement from Ms Daniels saying she would not be able to go ahead with tonight's show. Her initial lawsuit against Trump was for not signing their initial "hush agreement", and she insisted she only wanted to speak out about her affair, and so was attempting to find a way that would legally protect her in doing so.