Inevitable: Charges against Stormy Daniels dismissed


Instead, the state of OH on Thursday asked a judge to toss out the charges because there's no evidence Clifford "regularly" appears at the venue where she was arrested, Sirens Gentlemen's Club.

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the charges "bogus", alleging that his client was set up in a "politically motivated" manner during one of her regular performances. She was charged with three misdemeanor counts of touching a patron at a "sexually oriented" business.

Police say two other women were arrested along with Daniels early Wednesday. Per Ohio law, only family members are allowed to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer. Avenatti said he is skeptical of this account, and AP quotes him saying the intent of the undercover officers "did not appear to be to look for victims of human trafficking or prostitutes".

Avenatti told The Post the arrest was a politically motivated "sting operation".

The high-powered attorney claims the arrest was "part of a sting" based on a "puritan law" that says there is absolutely no touching in strip clubs in Columbus.

Daniels has been on tour since last winter, appearing at strip clubs across the United States, and had been due to perform again at Sirens on Thursday night. "During her performance, a couple female undercover officers asked her if they could place their faces in between her breasts".

The person Stormy touched was actually a Columbus police officer named Mary Prather.

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By 6 a.m. Thursday, Daniels was released from jail after posting a $6,054 bail.

Daniels has said she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006, when he was married, which Trump has denied.

A Columbus police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the arrest.

A spokesman for the Franklin County sheriff's office could find no instances in which the 2007 law had been used, he told the newspaper.

Avenatti also shared a statement from Stormy herself in which she apologized for not being able to go on with a scheduled show for Thursday night in Columbus.

Ms Daniels says she was paid $130,000 (£98,000) shortly before the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Mr Trump.

Daniels has been the focus of global headlines since it was revealed she received a pre-election payoff meant to buy her silence related to an alleged affair with Trump.