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Stormy Daniels arrested in 'political motivated act'

13 July 2018

Charges against Stormy Daniels following an OH strip club arrest were dropped Thursday after her lawyer slammed a "politically motivated" setup against the adult film star suing US President Donald Trump.

Charges made against Stormy Daniels in her early morning arrest on Thursday were dismissed later in the afternoon, according to her lawyer Michael Avenatti.

Daniels, 39, real name Stephanie Clifford, was arrested at the Columbus, Ohio, strip club Sirens early Thursday morning for allegedly using her bare breasts to slap around patrons, according to a police report. They say two other strippers, who were also arrested, were the first offenders - with one of them motorboating and groping Officer Praither.

Columbus police said the arrest of Daniels and two other women at Sirens Gentlemen's Club was part of a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution and other vice-related violations at adult entertainment clubs in the city. But charges were dismissed because she wasn't a regular performer at that establishment - an odd caveat to the law.

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MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle spoke to Avenatti today about his view that the arrest was a "politically motivated" setup against his client. Daniels started performing at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court. Early Thursday she remained in custody awaiting a determination of bail, Avenatti said.

A prosecutor's memo provided by Avenatti said an OH illegal touching law cannot be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club.

"Are you kidding me?" he asked. "It reeks of desperation", his tweet said.

Daniels has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 and that Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 to keep the encounter secret shortly before the presidential election.

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The Columbus Dispatch reported past year that the 2007 law, introduced by a conservative religious group, was seldom enforced. The White House has said Trump denies an affair happened. "We will fight all bogus charges", Avenatti wrote.

The club, Sirens, advertised Daniel's appearance on Twitter ahead of Wednesday night's performance.

"This was a complete set up", he said.

After denying knowledge of the payment, Trump admitted in May his longtime lawyer, Cohen, was reimbursed through a monthly retainer for a $130,000 payment made to Daniels in 2016 to stop what Trump called "false and extortionist accusations" about a decade-old affair.

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Stormy Daniels arrested in 'political motivated act'