Charges dismissed against Stormy Daniels after arrest at Ohio strip club

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Charges have been dismissed for porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump, after being arrested at a Columbus strip club, according to her lawyer.

Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, announced on Twitter all of the charges were dismissed in their entirety.

Daniels was taken into custody along with two other women at Sirens strip club under her real name of Stephanie Clifford on Wednesday night.

She was arrested for allegedly touching undercover officers while she performed and charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business, police said in a news release.

Since she only performed once as a guest at the club the charges were dropped.

"No person who regularly appears nude or seminude in the premises of a sexually oriented business, while on the premises of that sexually oriented business while seminude, shall knowingly touch a patron. 'Regularly' means consistently or repeatedly," court documents state.

The arrests are part of a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution, along with other vice-related violations, police initially said.

Daniels was booked into the Franklin County jail at 4:44 a.m. Thursday and released at 5:29 a.m. after posting $6,054 bail.

Her lawyer called her arrest a "setup & politically motivated."

Daniels is suing President Donald Trump over a hush agreement about an affair she claims she had with him in 2006.

Police wrote in their statement they were made aware of illegal activity through various adult entertainment clubs throughout the city last fall.

"Columbus Police have made numerous arrests utilizing this law. The Division engages in these operations routinely with no effect on other calls for service. This is an ongoing investigation. No media interviews will take place."

Three detectives and an officer went to Sirens Wednesday night and went to the VIP area, police wrote in Daniels' arrest records.

A dancer later identified as Brittany Walters leaned over the side of the stage and rubbed her breasts across an officer's face and then fondled the officer's breasts while two detectives stood behind them watching, her report states.

All four officers went to the main stage area, where they sat at a table and a server later identified as Miranda Panda rubbed her buttocks with her hands in front of all four officers.

At about 11:30 p.m., Daniels took the main stage and began performing. Most of the patrons got up from their tables and stood right next to the stage, throwing dollar bills at her, police wrote.

"During her performance, after removing her top exposing  her breasts, she began forcing the faces of the patrons into her chest and using her bare breasts to smack the patrons," the report states.

"The officers also observed Ms. Clifford fondling the breasts of female patrons."

As soon as police saw this criminal activity, two detectives and an officer approached the stage.

Daniels made her way over to them, one by one, and performed in front of them.

She forced their faces into her chest, holding their faces between her breasts against her chest, and smacked their faces with her breasts just as she had done with all the other patrons, according to her arrest report. She also allegedly fondled the officer's buttocks and breasts.

During this time, another detective was standing back near the bar area witnessing the criminal activity.

As soon as Daniels moved on from the officers, he made his way through the crowd to tell them he was leaving the club to request assistance of patrol officers to arrest Daniels and the other two women.

No one could be reached at Sirens Thursday morning.

The club's Facebook page and Twitter account do not indicate any arrest was made. Their latest posts promote Daniels' scheduled performances this week.

She retweeted their tweet on her account earlier this week and expressed regret she would miss her show Thursday night in a statement her lawyer tweeted out Thursday.

Daniels gained national attention when she alleged she slept with Trump in 2006 and has sued Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to be released from a nondisclosure agreement she says she signed just before the 2016 presidential election that prevents her from talking about the affair.

The White House has said Trump denies the affair.

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