Stormy Daniels arrested after OH strip club patron touches her

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'This was a setup and politically motivated.

But according to an arrest report cited by Columbus news station WBNS, police accuse Daniels of touching "a specified anatomical area" of individuals present at the performance, including police officers.

'We will fight all bogus charges'.

She is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on Friday.

Upon arrest, Daniels was charged with three counts of "illegally operating sexually oriented business" and knowingly touching a patron, online court records show. They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, when some of the club's patrons touched her in a "non-sexual" way, Avenatti told The Associated Press.

The Community Defense Act was passed in OH in 2007 after the conservative religious group Citizens for Community Values lobbied heavily for rules against strip club operations.

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

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Another officer in the back of the club went to get backup before arresting Daniels, who was released on bond early Thursday.

A person who answered the phone at Sirens declined to comment.

Ms Daniels says she was paid $130,000 (£98,000) shortly before the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Mr Trump.

The Ohio strip club law prohibiting the touching of dancers, the Community Defense Act, was proposed by a Cincinnati-based conservative religious organization and approved in 2007. Then-Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, allowed the law to take effect without his signature despite a Statehouse debate that included young women in pink "Dancers for Democracy" shirts opposing the effort, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

A spokesman for the Franklin County Sheriff's office could find no instances in which the 2007 law had been used, he told the Dispatch. "#SetUp #Basta", Avenatti said in a second tweet.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, concedes the patrons did indeed touch his client but in a "non-sexual way".

Ms Daniels became embroiled in a row with President Donald Trump after saying she had slept with him in 2006, an allegation which he denies.

-Story by Samantha Schmidt for the Washinton Post.

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