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Stormy Daniels Reportedly Arrested at Ohio Strip Club

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Stormy Daniels attend a City Proclamation and Key to The City of West Hollywood at Chi Chi LaRue's on May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Michael Avenatti is claiming that Stormy Daniels was arrested in Columbus, Ohio while performing an act at a local strip club.

Avenatti, who is the attorney for Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford), wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night, "Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio whole performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs. This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta"

Avenatti later claimed that she was arrested for allowing a customer to touch her onstage in a "non sexual manner." He wrote, "Are you kidding me? They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!! #SetUp #Basta."   

Avenatti added that he expected Daniels would be charged with a misdemeanor, and that he expected to pay bail to be removed from custody.

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to the City of Columbus Divison of Police and has not yet received word from a representative.

Daniels shot to mainstream fame in January, when The Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen had paid the adult film actress $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair in 2006. Not long after, In Touch Magazine published an alleged interview with Daniels from 2011 in which she described the affair.

By February, Cohen admitted to paying Daniels, saying that the fee came out of his own pocket. The following month Clifford filed a lawsuit claiming that the non-disclosure agreement she signed with Cohen was void because Trump never signed it, and appeared on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper to detail the affair. In April, Daniels filed another lawsuit, this time for defamation, after Trump called the original lawsuit and allegations a "total con job" in a tweet.

Trump has denied all knowledge that Cohen's $130,000 payment was to keep Daniels silent, though he has said he repaid Cohen without knowing what the money was for.

Daniels has said that she felt endangered by her allegations against Trump in 2011, when she claims she was threatened by an unknown man while in a Las Vegas parking lot with her daughter in 2011. She has shown a composite sketch of the alleged threatener, and she and Avenatti have offered $100,000 for anyone who can identify him.

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