Strip club charges against Stormy Daniels dropped

Toby Graves
July 13, 2018

While President Trump is in Belgium for the NATO Summit, his alleged former mistress Stormy Daniels is behind bars.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested earlier Thursday at an OH strip club for purportedly violating an OH law by allowing a patron to touch her.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels' lawyer announced on Twitter that the charges against her have been dropped hours after her Thursday arrest.

"According to CNN, Daniels posted the $6,054 bail for 'three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron". She was due to be arraigned Friday.

They said the so-called Community Defense Act couldn't be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club and the law states it's for regular performers. 'It reeks of desperation, ' Avenatti says Earlier, Avenatti criticized the charges as "bogus".

Daniels, 39, was apprehended without incident during a performance late Wednesday at the Sirens club in Columbus, Ohio after officers accused her of touching patrons "in a specified anatomical area". OH strip club law reportedly prohibits patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patron is a member of the dancer's immediate family. A violation is a misdemeanor.

Patrons rushed the stage and started throwing dollar bills at her. Daniels, who was topless and wearing a G-string, reportedly forced patrons' faces into her breasts and smacked patrons with them, according to the police report.

"Are you kidding me?" he asked. "There has to be higher priorities!" Officers knocked on the door of her tour bus after the performance and took her into custody in an arrest that Avenatti said left her "traumatized and rattled". Later that day, he said the charges had been dropped, and thanked prosecutors.

But cops said in the arrest report that it was Daniels who was "forcing the faces of patrons into her chest and using her bare breasts to smack the patrons" - and then did the same thing to both male and female cops. Reached by The Washington Post early Thursday, a representative for Sirens strip club refused to comment.

Columbus police said Daniels' arrest wasn't a first. In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations". But according to a Columbus Dispatch article published in September, 2017, the law has rarely been used. They said they have made numerous arrests under the no-touching law but did not immediately provide a number.

Avenatti on Twitter cited an official statement from Daniels saying that because of her arrest Thursday night's performance was canceled.

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