Daniels was scheduled to appear at the Sirens strip club on Wednesday and Thursday nights, the club’s website says. But her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said she was taken into custody after she allowed a club patron to touch her.
Online court records show that Daniels was accused of violating an obscure Ohio law that prohibits physical contact between strip club employees and patrons. Avenatti told 10TV that enforcing the law is a “ridiculous use of resources.”
A spokesperson for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office ― the same county where Daniels was charged ― told The Columbus Dispatch last year that it had “not had any complaints or reasons to apply this law” in the decade since it was passed.
A woman who answered the phone at the strip club declined to comment on the incident.
Daniels has said previously that she had sex with Trump in 2006 after his wife, Melania, had given birth to their son, Barron. Trump has denied having sex with Daniels but his lawyer Rudy Giuliani has acknowledged that she was paid $130,000 by Michael Cohen as part of a nondisclosure agreement.
She is suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement, which she signed shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
This story has been updated with information about Daniels’ arrest.