Ohio has rarely used the 2007 bill that protects strippers: report

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, tweeted early Thursday that she was arrested while performing at a Columbus strip club.


Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, confirmed to Fox News that his client was arrested just after midnight on Thursday at a strip club in Columbus for “allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while they are on stage.”

He said that they will be charged with a crime and released on bail.

She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while they are on stage in a non-sexual way! Are you kidding me? They devote law enforcement resources to cross activities for this? There are higher priorities!!! #SetUp #Basta

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018

It was unclear what exactly Daniels may ultimately be charged with, but Ohio has a 2007 state law called the Community Defense Act prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa – with the exception of the immediate family.

The 2007 law was introduced by a conservative religious group as an initiated state statute, and later allowed to go into effect under former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland without his signature, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Daniels, who claimed that she had sex with President Trump in 2006, when he was married, is suing the president and his old personal lawyer Michael Cohen to void a non-disclosure agreement they signed ahead of 2016 presidential elections to remain mum on the alleged affair. Trump has repeatedly denied the accusation.

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

Columbus police will not confirm that the arrest on Fox News. The strip club where she was scheduled to perform, Sirens, also refused to comment when asked about the arrest.

Despite the fact that on the books for more than a decade, the Dispatch reported in September 2017, the law is rarely used. A spokesman for the Franklin County Sherriff’s office in Columbus told the newspaper that they had no recorded instances of it ever being cited.

The Toledo Police told the newspaper the agency had used the law on occasion.

Other provisions of the law of its limited hours of operation for “sexually oriented businesses,” and prohibits nude dancing in clubs after midnight. Business can stay open until after midnight with a liquor license that allows them to do this, however, adult entertainment is not allowed past that hour, according to the paper.

Customers that violate the “do not touch” regulation could face up to six months imprisonment and a fine, the paper reported.

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

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