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.
Cops say Daniels grabbed an undercover officer's backside while performing in the club, but her lawyer says that she was arrested for allowing a customer to touch her 'in a non sexual manner!' They say two other strippers, who were also arrested, were the first offenders - with one of them motorboating and groping Officer Praither.
According to a Columbus Police report shared by a Fox affiliate in Cleveland, Daniels went on the club's main stage at 11:30 p.m. for a performance. But charges were dismissed because she wasn't a regular performer at that establishment - an odd caveat to the law.
Daniels has been on tour since last winter, appearing at strip clubs across the United States, and had been due to perform again at Sirens on Thursday night.
Avenatti said the arrest was a politically-motivated "sting operation".
Through White House officials, Mr Trump has denied the affair, although Mr Cohen has admitted paying Daniels as part of the agreement. He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump.
"It just seems absurd to me that this is something that would require this amount of resources and would result in the arrest of my client", Avenatti said.
"It reeks of desperation", he tweeted.
Sirens Gentlemen's Club confirmed that Daniels had performed at the Columbus venue on Wednesday night.
"We are highly confident that in the unlikely event that the district attorney proceeds with charges that she will be found not guilty", Avenatti said. Avenatti said the officers present at the performance were in plain clothes.
Daniels has been entrenched in a legal controversy with Trump over their alleged 2006 encounter, which he has repeatedly denied.
Daniels is suing the president and his former longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, and trying to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.