Stormy Daniels arrested at OH strip club, lawyer says

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A lawyer for the star, who is locked in a court battle with US President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, said the arrest was "politically motivated".

Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said her arrest at a OH strip club early Thursday was "setup" and "politically motivated".

"This was a setup & politically motivated", Mr. Avenatti wrote. "It reeks of desperation", his tweet said.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was in police custody early Thursday morning and was expected to face a misdemeanour charge, Avenatti said. In addition to restricting the hours in which such businesses can operate - nude dancing is prohibited after midnight, for instance - the law banned touching between patrons and dancers, whether they be nude or seminude. "There has to be higher priorities".

When reached by CNN, Avenatti confirmed that the information he tweeted is accurate.

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Avenatti said Daniels will be charged with a misdemeanor and expects her to be released on bail.

After denying knowledge of the payment, Trump admitted in May that his longtime lawyer, Cohen, was reimbursed through a monthly retainer for a $130,000 payment made to Daniels in 2016 to stop what Trump called "false and extortionist accusations" about a decade-old affair.

Stormy Daniels has been arrested in OH while performing a strip show at Sirens Gentleman's Club in Columbus.

An Ohio law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer. A person who answered the phone at the club declined to comment.

While Cohen's carefully worded statement said the Trump Organization and campaign weren't involved in the payout, it conspicuously did not rule out Trump's involvement.

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