Stormy Daniels arrested in OH, lawyer says

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Columbus police said earlier that the arrest of Daniels and two other dancers at Sirens Gentlemen's Club was part of a long-term investigation of alleged human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes at adult entertainment clubs in the city.

Online court records showed that three misdemeanor charges of illegally operating a sexually oriented business related to knowingly touching a patron were dismissed.

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

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested and charged in the early hours of Thursday after being accused of touching three customers, who turned out to be undercover detectives, police in the city of Columbus say. He vowed to fight the "bogus charges", even suggesting there are "higher priorities" at stake for the police. OH law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer.

Daniels will return to the same venue in Columbus Thursday night for another performance. "This was a setup and politically motivated", he wrote on Twitter.

"It was an absurd use of law enforcement resources", Avenatti said.

Murphy said it's possible police were "bypassing" Daniels' arrest if she'd committed a "bondable offense", meaning she could pay a bond and be released from jail until her case is decided.

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A person who answered the phone at Sirens declined to comment. She was arrested for allegedly touching patrons during her performance, which is illegal in OH for nude or seminude performers; police say some of the patrons she allegedly touched were detectives.

This photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018, shows porn actress Stormy Daniels.

A fourth officer then exited the club to request assistance to make an arrest.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC his client has performed the same act hundreds of times without incident. Trump has said he personally reimbursed Cohen for that payment.

Daniels has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 and that Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 to keep the encounter secret shortly before the presidential election.

Trump forcefully denied the affair.

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