Charges against Stormy Daniels dropped hours after arrest

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2018

Columbus police said earlier that the arrest of Daniels and two other dancers at Sirens Gentlemen's Club was part of a long-term investigation of alleged human trafficking, prostitution and other crimes at adult entertainment clubs in the city.

She also allegedly grabbed an undercover officer's face and pressed it between her breasts, CNN reports.

"I am pleased to report that the charges against my client, Stormy Daniels, have been dismissed in their entirety", said Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, along with a picture of the motion to dismiss.

Daniels was arrested in OH early Thursday on three counts of illegally touching a patron at a sexually oriented business, court records show.

Porn star Stormy Daniels returned to the stripper's pole early Friday in OH with a clear message: No touching this time! "We will fight all bogus charges".

OH law prohibits employees who regularly appear "nude or semi-nude on the premises of a sexually oriented business" from being touched by or touching club-goers, unless they are members of the dancer's immediate family. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said the touching was non-sexual.

But Michael Avenatti told NJ Advance Media by email that Daniels still plans to be at Lace in Wayne on August 9, where she will perform two shows.

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On Twitter, Avenatti wrote that the arrest was a "setup and politically motivated".

"It was an absurd use of law enforcement resources", Avenatti said. A person who answered the phone at the club declined to comment.

A spokesperson for the Franklin County Sheriff's Department told CBS as of early Thursday morning, Daniels was not being held there.

Avenatti shared an official statement from Daniels on Twitter as well: "As a result of what happened last night, I will unfortunately be unable to go forward with tonight's scheduled performance". In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations".

Since signing the agreement, Daniels has repeatedly denied having sexual relations with Trump, however she gave an interview to InTouch magazine in 2011 detailing their alleged affair.

He later tweeted that he expected Daniels to be released on bail "shortly" and charged with a misdemeanour for "touching". Trump has denied it.

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