On Wednesday night, porn star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) was arrested in Columbus, Ohio while performing at a strip club.
Since the shocking arrest, more details have emerged regarding the incident, which Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti claims was part of a politically-motivated setup. According to court records posted online, the porn star was charged with three counts of “Illegally Operating Sexually Oriented Business – Employee Knowingly Touch Any Patron.”
An arrest report states that officers in the club witnessed Daniels “using her bare breasts to smack patrons,” notes 10TV News. “The officers also said they observed Daniels fondling the breasts of female patrons.”
Daniels reportedly “held the face of the female officer between her breasts.” She also did this to a male officer. Further, Daniels allegedly “fondled the buttocks and breasts of another officer” during the performance.
Daniels was arrested and is set to be arraigned on Friday at Franklin Municipal Court.
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“I have reason to believe it was politically motivated. There’s no question these officers were undercover at that strip club. They knew my client would be performing there and I find this to be a complete waste of resources,” Avenatti told 10TV’s Angela An during a phone interview on Thursday morning.
Daniels was reportedly in violation of Ohio’s Community Defense Act. “The law restricts the hours that sexually oriented businesses can operate. It also states that a patron cannot touch a nude or semi-nude dancer in a club anywhere on the premises or in the parking lot,” notes 10TV.
“I’m aware of the law,” said Avenatti. “I think it’s a ridiculous use of resources.”
Daniels issued a statement via Avenatti, apologizing to her fans for being unable to perform.
Official Statement From @StormyDaniels: As a result of what happened last night, I will unfortunately be unable to go forward with tonight's scheduled performance. I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018
On Thursday morning, Daniels was released on a $6,000 bond.