Following a performance at the Columbus strip club, called Sirens, Wednesday night, Daniels was approached by multiple undercover officers informing her that she would be arrested for allowing the patron to touch her, Avenatti said in an interview with The Washington Post.
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. According to a tweet from Stormy's laywer, Michael Avenatti, she has been charged with three misdemeanors, all of which Stormy will plead "not guilty to".
"This is ridiculous that law enforcement resources were used to conduct this sting operation", he said. He vowed to fight the "bogus charges", even suggesting there are "higher priorities" at stake for the police.
"This was a setup & politically motivated".
Daniels was arrested by several Columbus police officers after she also allegedly fondled the breasts of female patrons and held the face of a female officer into her chest, WBNS-TV first reported.
The 39-year-old has piqued the nation's interest: More than 22 million people tuned in to see her speak on CBS news show "60 minutes" in May. Early Thursday she remained in custody awaiting a determination of bail, Avenatti said.
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OH passed a law in 2007 which prohibits patrons touching performers at a sexually-oriented business anywhere on the premises or in the parking lot, or a performer touching a patron.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was released from police custody early Thursday morning and was expected to face a misdemeanor charge, Avenatti said. Avenatti tweeted that his client would not perform at the club Thursday night.
NBC News reported in April that Daniels is cooperating with federal investigators as part of their criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. After Stormy's performance, she and the other 2 were arrested at the same time.
Trump forcefully denied the affair.
"This was a complete set-up", he said.
Daniels has filed two lawsuits against Trump, one to get out of a non-disclosure agreement she had signed in October 2016 ahead of the November presidential election in exchange for the $130,000, and another for defamation.