Stormy Daniels sues police over strip club arrest

Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio – Stormy Daniels is suing the police department in Ohio’s capital for $2 million over her arrest at a strip club last summer.

The federal defamation lawsuit filed Monday alleges that Columbus officers conspired to retaliate against the porn actress over her sex allegations concerning Donald Trump before he became president.

Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford. She was arrested in July on suspicion of inappropriately touching a female undercover officer. Two other club employees also were arrested.

In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the opening of the adult entertainment fair "Venus" in Berlin. Daniels has sued the Columbus police department for $2 million over her arrest at a strip club last summer. The federal defamation lawsuit filed Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, alleges officers conspired to retaliate against Daniels for her sex allegations concerning Donald Trump before he became president.

Prosecutors dropped charges against Daniels hours later, saying the law cited in her arrest applied only to those who regularly performed at the club.

The city prosecutor later said the law was “glaringly inequitable” and should no longer be enforced.

Messages were left for the police department and for the city prosecutor Monday.