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Stormy Daniels strikes $450,000 settlement with city of Columbus over strip club arrest last year


Porn star Stormy Daniels has reached a $450,000 settlement with the city of Columbus over her arrest at a strip club last July, her lawyer said Friday.

Under the deal, Daniels will drop all claims made in a civil complaint against Ohio’s capital city, a spokeswoman for City Attorney Zach Klein said.

Daniels’ defamation lawsuit, filed in federal court in January, claimed her arresting officers were President Trump supporters who planned to bust her as “retaliation” for revealing she had sex with Trump in 2006.

Columbus police claimed that Daniels was simply caught up in an ongoing vice operation that did not target her specifically. But the lawsuit alleged there was evidence that one of the officers, Det. Shana Keckley, “performed extensive research” prior to the porn star’s July 11 show at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club.

Keckley also allegedly bragged about nabbing Daniels hours after the arrest, the lawsuit said.

“You’re Welcome!!!” Keckley purportedly said in an email to her lieutenant. “Thank me in person later.”

The Fayette Advocate was first to publish Keckley’s damaging email after it was leaked by a whistleblower.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was taken into custody after the show with two other club employees. She was booked on three misdemeanor charges of illegal sexual activity for allegedly pressing patrons’ faces into her bare chest.

Prosecutors dropped the charges hours later, saying the arcane law cited in her arrest applied only to performers who “regularly” appeared at the club.

The Columbus police chief at the time later apologized and called the arrest a “mistake.”

Six days after Ohio prosecutors rejected the case against Daniels, they also dropped charges against the two other women.

The settlement follows a recent recommendation from the new police chief that two officers involved in the sting be fired.

An internal police review determined Daniels’ arrest was improper but neither premeditated nor politically motivated.

With News Wire Reports