Stormy Daniels, the adult actress who has said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became president and was paid to keep quiet, was arrested Wednesday night at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, the New York Times reports.
Daniels, who was semi-nude, allegedly touched some of the patrons' breasts and allowed them to touch her, according to charging documents obtained by ABC affiliate WSYX. Daniels allegedly put three different cops' heads between her breasts while dancing, thus rendering her a criminal.
While it's unclear what charges, if any, Daniels may face following her arrest, it may relate to a 2007 state law called the Community Defense Act that prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa - excluding immediate family members.
Another officer in the back of the venue went to get backup before arresting Daniels, who was released on bond.
Avenatti, Daniels' awyer, took to Twitter early Thursday, calling the arrest "a setup & politically motivated".
The state of OH moved to dismiss the case because it did "not have probable cause to proceed on any of the three charges set forth in the complaints", according to scanned court documents that Avenatti posted to social media. Avenatti said he is skeptical of this account, and AP quotes him saying the intent of the undercover officers "did not appear to be to look for victims of human trafficking or prostitutes". He then asked why law enforcement resources are being used for "sting operations" like this. As she performed in front of a female detective, the report states, Daniels leaned over, grabbed the detective's head and "began smacking her face with her bare breasts and holding her face between her breasts against her chest".
"And she said yes", he related.
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 vowed to donate "all tips" to the lawyers' fees for two other dancers arrested with her. "Come support the working women of this city".
Daniels was arrested at a club in Columbus while performing an act she has done at almost 100 strip clubs across the US, Michael Avenatti wrote on Twitter.
She said she signed the agreement just before the 2016 presidential election.