Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is locked in a court battle with United States president Donald Trump over their alleged affair, was arrested late Wednesday while performing at a strip club after allegedly "fondling" patrons, police said.
Earlier Thursday, he told MSNBC that female officers approached Daniels while she was performing at the club and asked "if they could put their faces between her breasts".
Daniels was transported to jail and is expected to be charged with a misdemeanor. "We will vehemently contest all charges". It reeks of desperation.
She also allegedly grabbed an undercover officer's face and pressed it between her breasts, CNN reports. She was scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court on Friday morning, according to court records.
But she said the officers' motivations will be reviewed internally.
A Columbus police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the arrest. "Columbus Police have made numerous arrests utilizing this law", the department said in a statement Thursday. After the case was dismissed against Daniels, the city attorney said he was also looking into the charges against the other two defendants.
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Avenatti said Daniels was arrested during a sting operation.
A person who answered the phone at Sirens, the strip club where Daniels performed, declined to comment.
The law, The Community Defense Act, prohibits adult entertainment - defined as nude or topless dancing - between midnight and 6am.
Michael Avenatti, lawyer of adult-film actress Stormy Daniels speaks to media as he exits court in New York, May 30, 2018.Adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court in New York, April 16, 2018.
The Columbus Dispatch reported previous year that the 2007 law, introduced by a conservative religious group, was seldom enforced. Daniels, however, had not appeared regularly at Sirens. The club, Sirens, advertised Daniel's appearance on Twitter ahead of Wednesday night's performance.
Daniels has gained nationwide notoriety after she claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and accused him of paying her $130,000 in hush money during the 2016 election.
The Chicago shows were almost canceled after a disagreement with club owners who didn't clear a Trump-related addition to the show and sold post-performance meet-and-greet tickets without her involvement, according to the Chicago Tribune.