Adult film star Stormy Daniels was arrested after allegedly touching a customers in an Ohio strip club where she was performing. Although the charges were dropped, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, says this was “politically motivated” because of her ongoing legal battle with President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday night, porn actress and stripper Stormy Daniels was arrested, allegedly for violating Ohio law which prohibits strippers from touching patrons in sexually oriented businesses. Daniels is currently suing President Donald Trump, and has been embroiled in controversy due to a presumed affair they had.
Daniels was stripping at Sirens, in Columbus, Ohio, as a part of her “Make America Horny Again” tour. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, claims the arrest was a clear set-up and admonished law enforcement for devoting time to locking Daniels up. He’s right — the justification for her arrest is patently stupid, and based on an obscure Ohio law that doesn’t actually make sense.
The 2007 Community Defense Act prohibits patrons from touching strippers, and “nude or seminude” strippers from being touched by patrons “on the premises of a sexually oriented business.” Oddly enough, the law contains a carve-out for immediate family members, who are allowed to touch strippers they’re related to while at a strip club, for unclear reasons. During Daniels’ set, several undercover cops sat near Daniels, who then put several plainclothes officers’ faces between her breasts. She also allegedly touched the buttocks and breasts of another undercover officer, as part of her act.
All of this should lead a sane observer to wonder: Why is the government devoting resources to locking an adult entertainer up via an inane law that is rarely enforced? On one hand, laws designed to make it harder for patrons to non-consensually touch strippers makes sense. But why are laws on the books that make it so that a stripper touching a patron — as often happens at a strip club, and certainly in the front row — is heavily penalized?
These types of nonsensical, moralistic regulations are unfortunately par for the course. Criminalizing women who are trying to make a living — even if you disagree with the goods and services they are selling — is an utter waste of taxpayer dollars. Patrons at strip clubs enter voluntarily. They often pay a cover charge at the door, and choose where to sit.
They’re not there by accident (and the undercover officers at Sirens seemed like they weren’t there by accident, but rather to target Daniels). Stripping — whether it involves touching of patrons or not — is a victimless act, and we should remove laws like Ohio’s from the books, if we’re actually interested in maximizing human freedom and minimizing government waste.
We should all see right through this show of absurdity — officers targeting Daniels, via a law that shouldn’t exist in the first place, doesn’t do anything to keep people safe.
Liz Wolfe is managing editor of Young Voices. You can follow her on Twitter: @lizzywol.
This is absolutely ridiculous. Stormy Daniels was arrested because she touched someone while she was dancing? What about the person that touched her? This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a stripper being arrested for this nonsense. I agree with her attorney, this stinks of a conspiracy.
— Mike Bigalow
There is no reason for Daniels to get arrested for something like this. First of all, she’s a stripper and porn actress, among other things, you really think that she doesn’t have guys touching her when she’s off the stage? This was just a stunt to get attention.
— Michelle Hilgers
Did they arrest the person who touched her, too?
I do get why a no touching policy could be in place, but arrested and went to jail for touching someone?
— Steve Griffaw
Daniels is such a positive role model for the Democratic Party and the #MeToo movement. That said, I think she has every right to allow someone to touch and touch her, if that’s what she wants. Her body, her right to do with it as she pleases. Just don’t come back years later and blame men because you were “coerced.”
— Garland J. Campbell
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