Ms Daniels’ lawyer describes arrest as ‘complete set-up’.
Stormy Daniels, the adult film star at the centre of allegations against Donald Trump, has been arrested at a strip club in Ohio.
Ms Daniels’ lawyer said she was performing at the Sirens club when some patrons touched her in a “non-sexual” way. She was later arrested at the club under an Ohio state law banning anyone who isn’t a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer.
Mr Avenatti described the arrest as “a complete set-up”. “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,” he said.
Neither the club nor the Columbus police commented on the arrest. Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was still being detained in jail on Thursday morning and is expected to face a misdemeanour charge.
Ms Daniels is involved in lawsuits against both the president and his lawyer. She has claimed that she had a sexual affair with Mr Trump around a decade ago, not long after his marriage to Melania Trump.
The actress also said she was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about the relationship in the run-up to the 2016 election, and that she was physically threatened over the repercussions if she didn’t keep her silence.
She is suing Mr Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen over the terms gag payment, and also suing the president for defamation after he wrote on Twitter that her allegations were a “total con job”.
Mr Trump has denied the affair ever happened. He has admitted reimbursing his lawyer for the $130,000 payment but said such arrangements are “common among celebrities and people of wealth”.