Adult film star Stormy Daniels arrested in OH strip club 'setup' - lawyer

United States President Donald Trump and adult film actress Stormy Daniels

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted afterward Daniels "refuses to be intimidated" and would "return to the scene of the "no crime" and perform again Thursday night at the club.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was set for arraignment on Friday (Saturday NZT) on three misdemeanour counts of touching a patron at a "sexually oriented" business in violation of an OH strip club law.

She vowed to donate "all tips" to the lawyers' fees for two other dancers arrested with her.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is accused of allowing club patrons, in this case three undercover cops, to touch her while performing.

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.

In the early morning, her attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted that his client was taken into custody at the strip club.

Daniels was scheduled to perform at Sirens Gentlemen's Club on Wednesday and Thursday, according to its website. "This was a setup and politically motivated", he wrote on Twitter. Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations.

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According to the report, Daniels held the faces of a female and male officer between her breast when they approached the stage.

A Columbus police spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Police said Daniels' arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of adult clubs.

This photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018, shows porn actress Stormy Daniels. Trump, who was married at the time of the alleged affair, has disputed her claims. Her initial lawsuit against Trump was for not signing their initial "hush agreement", and she insisted she only wanted to speak out about her affair, and so was attempting to find a way that would legally protect her in doing so. "We expect her to be released on bail shortly".

He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by the president.

Daniels made headlines worldwide for allegedly having an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 - and for the $130,000 she says she received from his attorney in 2016 in exchange for her silence about the alleged sexual encounter.

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