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Ohio has rarely used the 2007 law protects strippers: report

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

(AP)

It was unclear early Thursday exactly what charges, if any, porn star Stormy Daniels can get after her arrest in Ohio a strip club.

But the cost may relate to a 2007 state law called the Community Defense Act prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa – with the exception of the immediate family.

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

The law was introduced by a conservative religious group as an initiated state statute, and later of power under former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland without his signature, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

But despite the fact that on the books for more than a decade, the law is rarely enforced, the Dispatch reported, last September.

In fact, the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office in Columbus has no record of the law ever being cited, a spokesman told the newspaper.

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

The Toledo Police department, however, told the newspaper it had used the act on the opportunity.

In addition to the rules about touching the law also covers hours of operation for “sexually oriented businesses,” and prohibits nude dancing in clubs after midnight.

Such businesses can stay open until after midnight with a liquor license that allows them to do that, but the adult entertainment companies are no longer allowed to stay open that late, 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.

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.

Columbus police confirm Daniels’ arrest on Fox News. The strip club, where they allegedly carried out, the so-called Sirens, also declined to comment when asked about the issue.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for 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.

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

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