Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, alleges that officers who arrested her for touching a patron during a performance at a Columbus strip club had a “political vendetta” against her, according to a statement from her attorney, Michael Avenatti.
A 2007 Ohio law forbids nude or semi-nude performers at sexually oriented businesses from touching any non-relative while working. Daniels was charged after undercover cops at the club said she violated that ordinance, but the charges were dropped hours later.
Daniels found herself the enemy of Trump and many of his supporters after she filed a lawsuit against the president related to a nondisclosure agreement she had signed preventing her from speaking about their alleged affair. She has argued that the agreement is invalid because Trump did not sign it.
“Mr. Trump and his supporters have since sought to disparage her character and credibility,” Monday’s lawsuit notes.