Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Charges against Stormy Daniels dropped after arrest at strip club

Charges against Stormy Daniels dropped after arrest at strip club

Avenatti said Daniels was performing the same act on Wednesday that "she has performed across the nation at almost a hundred strip clubs".

Charges have been dropped against adult film star Stormy Daniels, who is locked in a court battle with President Donald Trump, her lawyer said on Thursday following her arrest in OH for allegedly "fondling" patrons at a strip club.

The lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said she would deny the charges. The report says Daniels fondled the buttocks and breasts of another officer.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office later confirmed that Daniels had been charged with three misdemeanor sex offenses.

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The Columbus Dispatch reported that the law, in effect since 2007, is seldom enforced.

She is locked in a legal battle with Cohen and Trump to void the nondisclosure agreement formally barring her from speaking about the alleged affair.

The three counts against Daniels were first-degree misdemeanors, with a maximum penalty for one count would be six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Later that day, he said the charges had been dropped, and thanked prosecutors.

Prosecutors say the "touching" statute only applies to strippers who "regularly appear" at the establishment.

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"T$3 here are undercover vice officers that came to the club for the goal of trying to get her to touch them so that they could then arrest her, which is ludicrous", Avenatti said. "It's absurd that law enforcement resources are being spent to conduct a sting operation related to customers touching performers in a strip club in a non-sexual manner".

Attorney Michael Avenatti said Thursday the arrest was politically motivated and "reeks of desperation". "There has to be higher priorities", he wrote.

A fourth officer, who was not touched, called for assistance to arrest Daniels and two others: Miranda Panda, of Marion, and Brittany Walters, of Pickerington. Trump has denied any sexual relationship with Daniels. They believe she was targeted because she accused President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer of paying her $133K days before the 2016 election to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with the married tycoon.

Avenatti said it was "ridiculous" that Columbus Police forced Daniels on a perp walk for the cameras at Jackson Pike Correctional Facility and police could instead focus on Columbus's skyrocketing murder rate. The strip club where she reportedly performed, called Sirens, also declined to comment when asked about the matter.

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