Officer Mary Praither is the Columbus police officer who alleges in court records that Stormy Daniels groped her in an Ohio strip club. The cop also goes by the names Susan Praither and Mary S. Praither.
Some news outlets gave her name as Mary Prather, but court records and the city salary database clearly show she’s named Mary Praither. Daniels’ real name is Stephanie Clifford, and she is the former porn star who accused President Donald Trump of having an affair with her years ago and then trying to cover it up with hush money allegedly funneled through Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen.
News of Daniels’ July 11, 2018 arrest broke early in the morning of July 12 when her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, unleashed a series of tweets accusing Columbus police of political bias.
Here’s what you need to know:
Officer Mary Praither Alleges That Stormy Daniels Put Her Hands on the Officer’s Buttocks & Breast
An arrest document signed by Mary S. Praither on July 12, 2018 alleges that, on July 11, 2018 “an employee on the premise of a sexually oriented business who appeared at the time of offense nude or semi nude, to wit: topless and wearing a G-string did knowingly touch a patron in a specified anatomical area, to wit: Officer Mary Praither #1990. Did put both hands on officers buttocks, both hands on officers breast, then put her breast in officers face. Who is not a member of the employees immediate family.”
The document alleges a misdemeanor violation, and gives Praither’s address as Columbus Division of Police.
The charging docs obtained by WBNS @10TV allege Stormy Daniels violated Ohio law by touching a “specified anatomical area” of female and male officers posing as patrons, and also touched them with her own “specified anatomical area.” pic.twitter.com/kykV6MlQfG
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) July 12, 2018
Court records show that Daniels stands accused in Franklin County courts of three counts of “illegally operating sexually oriented business – employee knowingly touch any patron.”
Mary Praither Is a Registered Republican Who Filled Her Facebook Page With Selfies
According to Ohio voter registration records, Mary Susan Praither is a registered Republican.
She filled her Facebook page with selfies and glamorous photos, with a few showing her in uniform. Friends filled the comment thread with remarks praising Praither’s looks.
“You look more like a model than a cop. I’ll chalk it up to you clean up well!” a friend wrote on Mary Praither’s Facebook page.
Stormy’s Lawyer Accuses the Police of Being ‘Politically Motivated’
Attorney Michael Avenatti alleges there was a political overlay to the operation. “Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio whole performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs,” Avenatti wrote. “This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta.”
10TV reports that undercover officers in the club “said they witnessed Daniels using her bare breasts …read more