Michael Avenatti calls Stormy Daniels arrest 'politically motivated'

Michael Avenatti calls Stormy Daniels arrest 'politically motivated'

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who's made headlines for an alleged affair with President Donald Trump years before he was elected, was arrested at an OH strip club Thursday, her attorney said.

Early Thursday, Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted that the arrest "was a setup & politically motivated".

Daniels, who was semi-nude, allegedly touched some of the patrons' breasts and allowed them to touch her, according to charging documents obtained by ABC affiliate WSYX.

Avenatti followed up with tweets announcing his intention to fight the charges.

Mr Avenatti wrote: "This was a setup & politically motivated".

Daniels was arrested by several Columbus police officers after she also allegedly fondled the breasts of female patrons and held the face of a female officer into her chest, WBNS-TV first reported.

She was released on bail before 6:00am (local time) - court records show Daniels posted $US6,000 ($8,112).

"We will vehemently contest all charges", he said.

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Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, which Trump has denied.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court, in April in NY.

The incident means Daniels will not carry out further performances in the evening, she said, adding: "I deeply apologise to my fans in Columbus".

In May, Trump had admitted to knowing about his attorney paying $1,30,000 to Clifford, before the 2016 presidential elections.

OH law says a person who performs "nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually oriented business" are not allowed to be touched by patrons. The strip club where she reportedly performed, called Sirens, also declined to comment when asked about the matter.

In an official statement via Avenatti, Daniels announced that she is canceling her Thursday night performance. Trump has said he personally reimbursed Cohen for that payment. Her initial lawsuit against Trump was for not signing their initial "hush agreement", and she insisted she only wanted to speak out about her affair, and so was attempting to find a way that would legally protect her in doing so.

"This was a complete set-up", he said.

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