Charges against adult film actress Stormy Daniels were dismissed Thursday after Daniels was arrested following her performance at an Ohio strip club. She allegedly touched three undercover detectives while performing Wednesday night at a club in Columbus.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, became a household name when she sued President Donald Trump after an alleged affair. Before Thursday’s charges were dismissed, she faced three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron, according to court records. In a police report, authorities accused Daniels of touching “a specified anatomical area” of the people present at the performance, but the entertainer’s lawyer Michael Avenatti called it a “sting operation” on MSNBC Thursday morning.
I am pleased to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels have been dismissed in their entirety (below motion was just granted). I want to thank Joe Gibson & his colleagues at the prosecutors ofc for their professionalism starting with our first call early this am. pic.twitter.com/xHPSWsyqM2
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018
Avenatti said that undercover police officers asked Daniels for permission to put their faces between her breasts, though the attorney declined to release further information. The Washington Post reported that Daniels was later approached by the officers and told she would be arrested. On Thursday afternoon, Avenatti posted on Twitter that the prosecutors had dropped the charges against Daniels.
An Ohio law passed in 2007 says that an employee who “regularly appears nude or seminude at a sexually oriented business is prohibited from touching patrons, except for family members.” Court documents state that the charges were dismissed because Daniels doesn’t regularly appear at the club.
But fear not, South Carolina, The State reported that the entertainer will still be appearing at her next stop on her “Make America Horny Again” tour, West Columbia’s Platinum West club, on July 19.