Washington (AFP) - Adult film star Stormy Daniels, locked in a court battle with President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, was arrested Wednesday while performing at a strip club in what her lawyer described as a "politically motivated" setup.
Daniels was arrested at a club in Columbus, Ohio while performing an act she has done at nearly 100 strip clubs across America, Michael Avenatti wrote on Twitter.
He said Daniels was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her in a non-sexual way while on stage.
"This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges," Avenatti wrote.
"They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!!," he added.
Avenatti said in a later tweet that he expects Daniels to be released on bail "shortly" and charged with a misdemeanor for "touching."
"We will vehemently contest all charges," he wrote.
Daniels -- real name Stephanie Clifford -- is suing Trump and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to nullify a 2016 non-disclosure agreement preventing her from speaking out about the affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.
Just days before the 2016 election, Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence.
She is hoping to have the non-disclosure agreement thrown out on the grounds that it is not valid because Trump never signed it.
Through White House officials, Trump has denied the affair, although Cohen has admitted paying Daniels $130,000 as part of the agreement. He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump.
However, Trump -- who initially denied knowledge of the payment -- subsequently conceded that Cohen was in fact reimbursed.
1. "MAGA cops using selective enforcement" In response to Reply # 0
I bet no one has been arrested for this over the past year
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7. "I think she touched them" In response to Reply # 4
A different story that I read said that she grabbed someone's head and rubbed them in her breasts. Sounded like a classic motorboat to me. And I think it said she grabbed a woman's butt and fondled her breasts.
I think a few of the these people were undercover cops and they arrested her.
8. "Oddly enough, we've got some liberal strip club laws" In response to Reply # 6
At least in Tampa.
When I lived in Ohio, some places made you sit on your hands when getting a dance. I did that the 1st time I got a dance in Tampa and the dancer laughed at me. She said you could touch them anywhere except between the legs.
the bar each month is getting lower and lower for this country. The charges are so frivolous that it's obvious she was targeted.
Can't say Trump is behind this but his supporters in law enforcement definitely are; which is why Trump supporters are dangerous because of how low they go to get those in opposition caught up.
Trump's polarizing messages have resulted in the creation of 'goon squads', out of normal citizens, to go out and actively punish/harm any and everyone who could be or is seen as being anti-Trump.
This is why whenever you hear Trump supporter, they immediately go onto the shitbag list. You cannot be a normal and decent person and support what is going on. In this environment, you just can't. Words like normal and decent become an oxymoron when paired with Trump.