Daniels, the adult film star who alleges she had an affair with President Donald Trump and was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about it, was arrested at a Columbus strip club and charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron.
Daniels was arrested Thursday morning after she was accused of squeezing patrons' and undercover police officers' faces between her bare breasts at Sirens Gentlemen's Club in Columbus.
Avenatti tells NBC News his understanding is that there were several undercover vice officers in the club.More news: India can build on T20 success, Pandya says
Avenatti says Daniels has received a misdemeanor and they will be contesting the charges.
Murphy said it's possible police were "bypassing" Daniels' arrest if she'd committed a "bondable offense", meaning she could pay a bond and be released from jail until her case is decided. Avenatti tweeted. "They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?" He added: "We will fight all bogus charges".
The law, The Community Defense Act, prohibits adult entertainment - defined as nude or topless dancing - between midnight and 6am. "I am all for following the rules and going by the book, no touching, no this, no that, but also at the same time, in my opinion, I feel like it was completely harmless", Curry said.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is in the middle of a scandal that some say could topple the US president.More news: Game of Thrones racks up 22 Emmy nominations
The Community Defense Act was passed in OH in 2007 after the conservative religious group Citizens for Community Values lobbied heavily for rules against strip club operations.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that the law, in effect since 2007, is seldom enforced. Avenatti tweeted. "Are you kidding me? Keckley's head and began smacking her face with her bare breasts and holding her face between her breasts against her chest", they wrote in the report about one female officer, according to MSNBC.
A follow-up Daniels performance at the same club scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. A spokesman for the Franklin County sheriff's office could find no instances in which the 2007 law had been used, he told the newspaper. The White House has said Trump denies an affair happened.
In May, Trump had admitted to knowing about his attorney paying $1,30,000 to Clifford, before the 2016 presidential elections.More news: Dramatic visuals from Japan as 60 die in deluge, landslides