Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio

Daniels, 39, real name Stephanie Clifford, was arrested at the Columbus, Ohio, strip club Sirens early Thursday morning for allegedly using her bare breasts to slap around patrons, according to a police report.

Mr Avenatti later said his client would plead not guilty to all three misdemeanour charges, and also posted a statement from Ms Daniels saying she would not be able to go ahead with tonight's show.

"They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?"

Avenatti called the arrest a "complete set up".

In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations" she made about a sexual encounter with him.

'A customer touched her in a non-sexual manner and she was subsequently arrested for allowing the customer to touch her in a non-sexual manner, ' he said.

"It reeks of desperation", Avenatti tweeted.

Court records show Daniels posted $6,054.00 in bail and was released. "There has to be higher priorities".

Mr. Avenatti, an outspoken lawyer who has become a sharp critic of Mr. Trump, saw political machinations behind the arrest.

Under Ohio law, a dancer at a sexually oriented business is barred from touching anyone but a family member when nude or semi-nude.

Daniels, 39, filed a lawsuit against Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, late previous year, seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she says barred her from speaking about the alleged affair. "We will vehemently contest all charges".

A Columbus police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation of the arrest. Avenatti said in another tweet, appearing to suggest a set-up.

A person who answered the phone at Sirens declined to comment.

Trump, who was married at the time of the alleged affair, has disputed her claims.

She is trying to free herself from a non-disclosure agreement signed before the election, and suing over a "defamatory" tweet by the U.S. president earlier this year.

He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by the president.

  • Rogelio Becker