Michael Avenatti calls Stormy Daniels arrest ‘politically motivated’

Stormy Daniels was arrested early Thursday and charged with a crime for touching a pattern on a strip club in Ohio, according to the court documents.

(Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, vowed to fight the “bogus charges” are the client faces after she was apparently arrested early Thursday while performing at an Ohio strip club, in which he blasted as a “setup” that was “politically motivated.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested for “allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while they are on stage in a non-sexual way,” Avenatti tweeted, with the hashtags “setup” and “basta” which is Italian for enough.

Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus, Ohio throughout the run of the same law, she has performed throughout the country on nearly a hundred strip clubs. This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We fight all bogus expenses. #Basta

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018

“Are you kidding me? They devote law enforcement resources to cross activities for this? There are higher priorities!” Avenatti said in another tweet, seems to point to a set-up.

Daniels was topless when she “knowingly” touched by a female Columbus police officer buttocks, put her hands on the officer’s chest and put her breast in the officer’s face while “on the premise of a sexually oriented business,” according to charging documents from the Franklin County Court obtained by WBNS.

Charging documents obtained by WBNS @10TV claim Stormy Daniels violated Ohio law by the touch of a “specified anatomical area” of the female and male officers posing as customers, and also hit them with her own “specified anatomical area.”

— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) July 12, 2018

In 2007, the law called the Community Defense Act prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa – with the exception of the immediate family.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

(Stormy Daniels was arrest early Thursday in a strip club in Ohio. )

Although the law has been in effect for more than a decade, a 2017 report by The Columbus Dispatch found that it is rarely enforced.

The porn star’s lawyer said that the arrest “reeks of desperation,” and said Daniels was performing the same routine that she had done “nearly a hundred strip clubs” throughout the country.

We expect to see her released on bail shortly. We also expect that they will be charged with a crime to allow “touching.” We will fiercely contest all charges. #Basta

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018

Daniels, who says he had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006, when he was married, continues the president, and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen about a confidentiality agreement they signed to keep quiet on the alleged affair. Trump has denied the allegation.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Daniels was booked on the misdemeanor charges on Thursday. The strip club, where they allegedly carried out, the so-called Sirens, declined to comment when asked about the issue.

Avenatti confirmed to Fox News that his client was arrested just after midnight on Thursday.

Daniels posted bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Friday, according to the court documents.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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