Adult-film star Stormy Daniels filed a lawsuit against the Columbus, Ohio, police officers who arrested her at a strip club last July, alleging that the officers conspired to arrest her due to her prominent attacks on President Trump. The lawsuit claims that the group of officers, many of whom were allegedly public supporters of Donald Trump, violated Daniels’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by conspiring to arrest her ahead of her scheduled appearance at a club called Sirens. It further alleges that the arrest was made “in retaliation for the public statements she had made regarding President Trump,” and “because they believed that doing so would damage her credibility in relation to any statements she had made or might in the future make against President Trump.” She claims the officers agreed to fabricate evidence against her if necessary to complete the arrest. Once the arrest was over, the suit alleges, the defendants celebrated over email.
“We look forward to exposing the facts related to the outrageous conduct of these rogue officers, who abused their power and the badge to further a political vendetta against Stormy,” her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tweeted. “Here in America, unlike in Russia, we don’t arrest citizens for political purposes in an effort to silence them. Each and every individual who had a hand in this bogus arrest, no matter their position power, will be held accountable.”