Police arrested Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, and two other unidentified people at the Sirens strip club in Columbus late Wednesday night on three misdemeanor counts of illegal sexual oriented activity. "We will fight all bogus charges", Avenatti said. Daniels started performing at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Avenatti slammed the arrest as "a setup & politically motivated".
Ohio's Community Defense Act prohibits touching a nude or semi-nude dancer in a club, besides members of the dancer's immediate family.
After the performance of her "Make America Horny Again" show, Daniels was arrested by undercover officers, Avenatti said.
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Police said there were no indications that Crenshaw was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. Jonathan Crenshaw was often seen on the streets of South Beach painting canvas with his brush between his toes.
"Are you kidding me?" he asked. "It's absurd that law enforcement resources are being spent to conduct a sting operation related to customers touching performers in a strip club in a non-sexual manner".
Police said Daniels made her way over to another detective and performed the same acts on him. Daniels was arrested by several Columbus police officers after she also allegedly fondled the breasts of female patrons and held the face of a female officer into her chest, WBNS-TV first reported. "I deeply apologise to my fans in Columbus", Daniels said in a statement posted by Avenatti. She was released Thursday morning on a $6,000 bond. A person who answered the phone at the club declined to comment.
Later Thursday morning, Avenatti noted, "My client @StormyDaniels will issue a plea of "Not Guilty" to the three misdemeanor charges".
Earlier this week, Daniels performed in Washington at the Cloakroom, located about halfway between the Capitol and the White House, minutes before President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination. But according to a Columbus Dispatch article in Sept, 2017 the law has rarely been used since then. Trump has denied the affair and the hush money, but his former attorney Michael Cohen let it slip that he paid her. After Stormy's performance, she and the other 2 were arrested at the same time.