Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaks US Federal Court with her lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) on April 16, 2018, in Lower Manhattan, New York. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months over his business dealings, and FBI agents last week raided his home, hotel room, office, a safety deposit box and seized two cellphones. Some of the documents reportedly relate to payments to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims a one-night stand with Trump a decade ago, and ex Playboy model Karen McDougal who also claims an affair. / AFP PHOTO / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ
Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who is suing U.S. President Donald Trump over a hush agreement about an affair, was arrested while performing at a strip club in Ohio, her lawyer said early Thursday.
The actress, who has risen to widespread fame since alleging she had an affair with Trump, was performing at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in Columbus, lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted.
“She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non-sexual manner! Are you kidding me?
“They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter.
Avenatti had earlier tweeted that the arrest was “a set-up” and “politically motivated.”
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is in the middle of a scandal that some say could topple the U.S. president.
She has filed two lawsuits against Trump, who denies he had an affair with her in 2006 and paid her off to keep quiet about it.
The 39-year-old has piqued the nation’s interest: More than 22 million people tuned in to see her speak on CBS news show “60 minutes” in May.
The same month, the U.S. government’s ethics watchdog referred Trump’s apparent hush-money payment to the Justice Department for possible investigation.
Following her apparent arrest, Avenatti tweeted that he expected Daniels to shortly be released on bail.
“We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing ‘touching.’ We will vehemently contest all charges,” he wrote online.