Charges against Stormy Daniels dropped after arrest at strip club


The porn star's lawyer said the arrest "reeks of desperation", and said Daniels was performing the same routine she had done "at almost a hundred strip clubs" throughout the country.

Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaks outside US Federal Court with her lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) in New York, April 16, 2018.

After the undercover investigators witnessed Clifford touching strip club patrons, they approached the stage where Clifford was performing, and Clifford made her way toward them - apparently not realizing that they were undercover officers - and treated them much in the same manner as she had previous patrons.

An Ohio law passed in 2007 states that "an employee who regularly appears nude or seminude at a sexually oriented business is prohibited from touching patrons, except for family members", according to the CNN report.

The patron is not believed to have been detained.

Prosecutors dropped charges against Daniels today hours after her arrest. Her initial lawsuit against Trump was for not signing their initial "hush agreement", and she insisted she only wanted to speak out about her affair, and so was attempting to find a way that would legally protect her in doing so.

"This was a complete set up", he said.

Daniels has said Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen paid her the $130,000.

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Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the porn film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became USA president, is shown in this booking photo released by Franklin County Sheriff's Office, in Columbus, Ohio, on July 12, 2018. "It reeks of desperation", his tweet said.

"We will vehemently contest all charges", he wrote. He said Daniels was simply performing her normal routine, and will plead not guilty to misdemeanor charges against her.

"They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?"

The 39-year-old adult film star who claims to have had sex with President Donald Trump was charged with three misdemeanors, each punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A person who answered the phone at Sirens, the strip club where Daniels performed, declined to comment.

He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump. Trump has denied the affair happened.

She is trying to free herself from a non-disclosure agreement signed before the election, and suing over a "defamatory" tweet by the U.S. president earlier this year.