Charges against porn actress Stormy Daniels dropped in Ohio, attorney says

Daniels was performing at strip club

By FAITH KARIMI AND SONIA MOGHE, CNN

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Stormy Daniels' attorney says the charges against her in Ohio have been dismissed.

The porn star and exotic dancer was arrested in Columbus last night for allegedly allowing a customer at a strip club to touch her while she was on stage

Daniels made headlines worldwide for allegedly having an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 -- and for the $130,000 she says she received from his attorney in 2016 in exchange for her silence about the alleged sexual encounter. Trump has denied the affair happened.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted that his client was taken into custody at a strip club in Columbus.

"She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a nonsexual manner! Are you kidding me?" Avenatti tweeted.

"They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities."

Franklin Co. Sheriff via CNN

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club in Ohio early July 12, 2018, court records show.

Avenatti said Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested while "performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs."

"This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation," his tweet said. "We will fight all bogus charges."

When reached by CNN, Avenatti confirmed that the information he tweeted is accurate. 

Last month, the Sirens Gentlemen's Club posted on its website that Daniels was scheduled to perform there Wednesday and Thursday.

Under Ohio law, an employee who regularly appears nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually-oriented business is not allowed to touch anyone who's not a family member while nude or seminude at that business.

CNN has reached out to the Columbus Police Department for additional information.

Daniels is suing Trump and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to be released from a nondisclosure agreement that she says she signed days before the 2016 presidential election to prevent her from publicly discussing the alleged affair.

Avenatti alleges the payment was a violation of campaign finance law and was designed to suppress speech. Trump has said he personally reimbursed Cohen for that payment.

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