2 ex-vice squad officers fired over porn actress arrest

January 24, 2020 GMT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus has fired two police officers and disciplined two others over their handling of the 2018 arrest of porn actress Stormy Daniels at a strip club.

The firing Thursday of officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster was the latest fallout stemming from the arrest of Daniels, who has since won $450,000 from the city after she sued over her treatment.

Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus issued the order to fire the officers after administrative charges said the arrest “deviated significantly” from investigations at other strip clubs. The Fraternal Order of Police promised an appeal on the officers’ behalf, saying the discipline went too far.

Daniels’ federal defamation complaint against several Columbus officers alleged police conspired to retaliate against her over her claims that she had sex with Donald Trump before he became president.

The arrest led to multiple lawsuits against the city and indirectly to the eventual disbanding of the city’s vice squad.

Earlier this week, the owners of a now-closed strip club, Kahoots, sued Columbus police, alleging Rosser and Lancaster targeted and retaliated against the club’s owners over the firing of a bouncer.