Stormy Daniels sues police over her arrest at strip club

    Columbus Police Vice unit arresting Stormy Daniels on charges that were later dropped on July 11, 2018. (WSYX/WTTE)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- 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.

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

    Mugshot of Stormy Daniels after her Columbus, Ohio arrest on July 11, 2018. (Courtesy: Columbus Police)

    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.

    A Columbus Police Department spokersperson released a statement Monday afternoon saying “We’ve been made aware of the lawsuit filed by Stephanie Clifford. The Columbus Division of Police Internal Affairs Bureau continues its investigation therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment on this matter at this time.”

    The City Attorney's office replied to a request for comment, saying "We’re aware of the lawsuit and are working to determine the best course of action for the city."

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