The Wall Street Journal: Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio while performing on stage

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Stormy Daniels, the former adult film star who alleged a sexual affair with President Donald Trump, was arrested early Thursday morning while performing at a strip club for allegedly violating an Ohio law by allowing a patron to touch her, according to her lawyer and a county correctional officer.

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Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Stephanie Clifford — known professionally as Stormy Daniels—tweeted early Thursday that his client had been arrested in Columbus, Ohio, while “performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs.” He added: “This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges.”

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Avenatti said Clifford was arrested “for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner” and said he expected her to be released on bail and charged with a misdemeanor. “We will vehemently contest all charges,” he tweeted.

Ohio law prohibits employees who regularly appear “nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually oriented business” from touching patrons who are not family members while nude or seminude at that business. Violations of the law are considered a misdemeanor, according to state law.

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