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Stormy Daniels arrested at strip club for 'letting patrons touch her'

Stormy Daniels in May 2018. Source: AAP

Her lawyer said the arrest was "politically motivated".

Porn actress Stormy Daniels has been arrested at an Ohio strip club, accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law.

While Daniels was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, some patrons touched her in a "non-sexual" way, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said on Thursday.

An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who isn't a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was in police custody early on Thursday morning and expected to face a misdemeanor charge, Avenatti said.

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

"It's absurd that law enforcement resources are being spent to conduct a sting operation related to customers touching performers in a strip club in a non-sexual manner."

Daniels has said she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006 when he was married, which Trump has denied.

She's suing Trump and his former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.

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