Things got a little stormy for Stormy Daniels during her Wednesday night performance at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, during which a bit of touching resulted in her arrest.
Daniels has been hopscotching the country on what she’s calling her “Make America Horny Again” tour, and it came to a screeching halt in Columbus when Daniels got up close and personal with a few patrons in apparent violation of Ohio law.
Good morning. It’s looking a little Stormy at the local jail today: Stormy Daniels arrested last night by Columbus police while performing at NE Side strip club — for touching customers (in some creative ways)… https://t.co/5KY6TwCuV3 pic.twitter.com/VTVUigl2Kx
— dispatch editor (@dispatcheditor) July 12, 2018
Things were going fine at the strip club Sirens until, as the Columbus Dispatch reports, Daniels gave some customers, including a handful of police officers, a thrill. Per the Dispatch‘s report on the affidavit filed from the incident:
Nearly all of the club’s customers approached the stage and started throwing dollars bills at the performer, the affidavit said. Daniels then forced the faces of several customers into her chest and smacked the sides of their heads with her breasts. She touched the breasts of several female customers.
Three officers approached the stage after watching Daniels make contact with the customers and the performer treated them in a similar manner, forcing their faces into her chest and touching the breasts and buttocks of a female officer, according to the affidavit.
Still less subtle than Trump, IMHO!
Daniels was hit with three misdemeanor charges and released on $6,000 bail. Attorney Michael Avenatti was pretty riled up about the whole thing.
Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio whole performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs. This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018
This is all kinds of ridiculous because, as the Dispatch itself noted just last fall, the law under which Daniels was arrested — the Ohio Community Defense Act — has rarely been cited since it became law in 2007. The Citizens for Community Values, based out of Cincinnati, pushed for such a law before the Ohio state legislature passed a weaker version.
Besides limiting the hours adult-oriented businesses like strip clubs and adult book stores can operate, the law prevents anyone (except family members) from touching a nude or partially nude dancer or their clothes.
In other words, no lap dances. And it gets very specific.
Per the Dispatch:
Some “touches” face more serious penalties. Touching a dancer’s genitals, buttocks or the “female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola” is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. A second offense is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
No word what charges one could face in Ohio if you “grab ‘em by the pussy.”
As for Daniels, though she’s probably taking this all in stride (it’s her way,) she’s cancelled Thursday night’s return appearance at Sirens.