The lawyer also took to Twitter early Thursday morning, calling the arrest a "a setup & politically motivated". Columbus Police confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch the law is rarely enforced in the state of OH despite being on the books for the past 11 years.
Under Ohio law, an employee who regularly appears nude or seminude is prohibited from touching patrons on the premises of a sexually oriented business - unless it's a family member. We will fight all bogus charges. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin Municipal Court on Friday morning.
Avenatti says Daniels has received a misdemeanor and will be "released shortly". They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?
Avenatti said Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested while "performing the same act she has performed across the nation at almost a hundred strip clubs".
According to an article published previous year in The Columbus Dispatch, the law, which also restricts the hours of operation for strip clubs and adult book stores, is rarely, if ever, enforced.
A Columbus police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the arrest.
The Ohio strip club law prohibiting the touching of dancers, the Community Defense Act, was proposed by a Cincinnati-based conservative religious organization and approved in 2007.
A person who answered the phone at Sirens declined to comment. But according to a Columbus Dispatch article in Sept, 2017 the law has rarely been used since then.
Avenatti said it was "ridiculous" that Columbus Police forced Daniels on a perp walk for the cameras at Jackson Pike Correctional Facility and police could instead focus on Columbus's skyrocketing murder rate.
The adult film actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was performing on Wednesday night at Sirens club, in the city of Columbus.
"We will vehemently contest all charges", her lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted, saying Daniels would plead not guilty to three misdemeanor charges. In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations" she made about a sexual encounter with him.
Avenatti called the arrest a "complete set up" in an interview with the Associated Press.
-Story by Samantha Schmidt for the Washinton Post.