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Stormy Relationship

Cops: Porn star/Senate wannabe Daniels battered hubby over laundry

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Stormy Relationship

JULY 29--In a setback to her nascent U.S. Senate campaign, porn star Stormy Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) was arrested Saturday afternoon for domestic violence after she allegedly battered her husband because she was "upset because the way the laundry had been done."

Clifford, who has said she is interested in challenging Republican David Vitter next year for his Senate seat from Louisiana, was nabbed for striking her husband "Michael on his head with her hands several times," according to a Tampa Bay Police Department report.

Clifford, 30, told cops that she did not intentionally hit her husband, but acknowledged tossing a potted plant in the kitchen sink, throwing the couple's wedding album on the floor, and breaking some candles. The adult film actress, pictured in her mug shot, was briefly booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where she was later released on $1000 bond.

Clifford, who decided to challenge Vitter after the incumbent admitted patronizing a prostitution ring, has formed an exploratory committee in her home state of Louisiana. Its slogan is "Stormy Daniels: Screwing People Honestly." (6 pages)