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Stormy Daniels and Her Husband Are Divorcing, Lawyer Confirms

Posted July 23, 2018 10:04 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford said Monday that she and her husband had decided to end their marriage, days after Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, was mistakenly arrested at an Ohio strip club.

Clifford’s husband, Glendon Crain, also a pornographic film actor, filed a divorce petition last week in a state District Court in Texas, seeking child support and custody of the couple’s 7-year-old daughter.

Crain and Clifford, who gained national prominence after alleging she had an affair with President Donald Trump before he took office, were married in 2015.

The gossip website TMZ reported that Crain had accused Clifford of adultery and had successfully sought a restraining order against her.

Clifford’s lawyer, Michael J. Avenatti, wrote on Twitter that the divorce petition was inaccurate and “vehemently disputed,” but confirmed that his client and Crain were divorcing.

Two weeks ago, Clifford, who has been touring strip clubs across the nation, was in Columbus, Ohio, for a two-night gig when she was arrested on three counts of illegal sexually oriented activity, after four detectives from the city’s Police Department were sent to investigate complaints “alleging prostitution and drug activity.”

Charges were dropped when Clifford established that she was not a regular employee of the club. Avenatti argued that Clifford was set up and that the arrest was politically motivated. Columbus police acknowledged the arrest was an error.

Clifford has lately been an inescapable feature of tabloid-tinged news cycles about Trump’s pre-presidential life. In April, she sued Trump after he made statements on Twitter that questioned her credibility. She sued in March to get out of a nondisclosure agreement she had signed before the 2016 election, saying it was void because Trump had not signed it.

That lawsuit came after Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, had tried to prevent her from speaking out. Trump’s representatives have denied that he had a sexual encounter with Clifford.

On Monday, after announcing Clifford’s divorce, Avenatti wrote on Twitter that she “kindly asks for privacy for the sake of her family.” Clifford’s daughter, Avenatti said, “remains her number one priority.”

Clifford, just hours later, said no such privacy was needed.

“I don’t need or want privacy,” she wrote on Twitter. “I want truth. And it will come out. I’m not afraid."