Former porn star and presidential accuser Stormy Daniels — real name Stephanie Clifford — is back in the news again, this time in a shocking follow up report on her arrest at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, on July 12.
Internal Columbus police emails obtained by a local media outlet appear to show the police had advanced knowledge of Daniels’ appearance at the local strip club and may have pre-planned their arrest of her for violating a law against physical contact with club patrons.
That assertion came from the Fayette Advocate and was based on emails provided by an anonymous whistleblower. Most of the emails sent and received involved a vice detective named Shana Keckley, but also included other vice officers and high-ranking Columbus Police Department officials.
Daniels, along with two other dancers, had been arrested in the early morning hours of July 12 for allegedly making illegal physical contact in the club with patrons — who happened to be undercover vice officers, including Keckley — but saw the charges dropped and was released from jail later in the day.
The release of internal emails from the days prior to and including the day of the incident seem to indicate that Keckley and others were well aware that Daniels would be at the club on July 12 and her arrest could have been pre-planned.
The emails included older pictures of Daniels, including one posing with then-businessman Donald Trump — who she allegedly had an affair with a dozen years ago — as well as one posing in lingerie, videos of her dancing, a news article about her upcoming club appearance and a map of the club’s location, along with banter back-and-forth between various officers.
“It is clear that Keckley and her fellow officers were there because of Stormy and only because of Stormy,” the unknown whistleblower told the Advocate. “The emails definitely show that the police lied about it being a prostitution and human trafficking mission.”
Indeed, the police department has maintained that the arrests were merely a result of an ongoing investigation into the club over allegations of human trafficking and prostitution. It is worth noting that the CPD issued an apology to Daniels after she was released and the city attorney had directed the police to no longer make arrests under the “no touching” law they had charged Daniels and others of violating.
Neither the police department nor the city attorney responded to requests for comment from the Advocate.
Of course, Daniels’ publicity hound attorney Michael Avenatti was not at a loss for words, and told the Advocate by phone, “These emails are very disturbing. We will get to the bottom of this one way or the other.”
The obvious insinuation in this story is that members of the Columbus police had advanced knowledge that Daniels would be at the club on a certain date and made plans to arrest her ahead of time, perhaps for political purposes.
That sort of motive is a stretch to reach solely from the information in the leaked emails, and while it isn’t surprising that the perpetual victims on the left would make such assumptions, it will likely take more evidence than that to convince the general public that Daniels was set up by the Columbus police.