Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who has drawn fully clothed attention by saying she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, was free this week after posting bond on a domestic violence charge.
Daniels, 30 — who was booked under her real name, Stephanie Gregory Clifford — was arrested Saturday in Tampa, Fla. According to the incident report filed by Tampa police, Daniels’ husband, Michael Mosny, alleged that Daniels hit him several times because she was upset “about the way the clothes had been done” and then “got more upset about some bills that had not been paid.”
Neither Mosny nor Daniels was injured, police said. The arrest was first reported by XBIZ, a news service covering the adult film industry.
Daniels, the star of “Operation Desert Stormy” and other hide-the-kids fare, has been barnstorming Louisiana — she is a native of Baton Rouge — on what she calls “listening tours” in preparation for a possible challenge to Republican Sen. David Vitter next year. She is also promoting a Web site, Draft Stormy, to publicize her potential campaign.
Daniels formed a fundraising committee in May and has said she would decide whether to run by Labor Day.
Vitter is considered vulnerable to a well-financed challenger after having admitted to an unspecified “sin of conduct” in 2007 allegedly connected to a high-end prostitution operation. Daniels has said that unlike Vitter, she has no secrets and that her sex life is out in the open.
Daniels was on the campaign trail just a day before her arrest. She appeared last Friday at a neighborhood restaurant in Shreveport, and she also stopped at a Monroe-area country bar called Roosters, which hosts — among other events — an annual “Mud Jam” featuring all-terrain vehicles’ racing in giant mud pits.
Earlier in the week, she was part of a “Politics With a Punch” panel at the Cricket Club in New Orleans. The monthly event features newsmakers, comedians and journalists in a no-holds-barred discussion of current issues and events.
By Alex Johnson of msnbc.com with NBC stations KPLC of Alexandria, La., and WDSU of New Orleans.