Stormy Daniels’ lawyer calls the arrest ‘politically motivated’
Adult film star arrested while performing at an Ohio strip club.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, tweeted Thursday that prosecutors drop the charges against the stripper and actress, after her arrest on an Ohio club.
Avenatti, who represents Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, wrote: “I am happy to report that the charges against my client Stormy Daniels dismissed in their entirety [below motion was only granted]. I want to thank you Joe Gibson and his colleagues at the ministry of office for their professionalism beginning with our first call in early AM.”
I am happy to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels dismissed in their entirety (below motion was only granted). I want to thank you Joe Gibson and his colleagues at the public prosecutors in the ofc for their professionalism beginning with our first call in early am. pic.twitter.com/xHPSWsyqM2
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018
A prosecutor’s memo that Avenatti said an Ohio illegal touching of the act could not be enforced because Daniels had appeared only one time on the Columbus club. The law references a person “who regularly appears nude or seminude” at a club.
Stormy Daniels was arrested early Thursday and charged with a crime for touching a pattern on a strip club in Ohio, according to the court documents.
(Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)
Avenatti said Daniels was arrested for “allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while they are on stage in a non-sexual way.” The lawyer said that he believed that the arrest was a “setup” and politically motivated.” He promised to fight “all fake.”
STORMY DANIELS ARRESTED WHILE PERFORMING AT STRIP CLUB, SAYS AVENATTI
The Columbus Ohio Police tweeted a statement from Chief Kim Jacobs Thursday afternoon, said “deputy staff last night and believed they had probable cause, the law allows for regulation of sexually-oriented businesses was violated, but an element of the law was missed in error and the charges were then dismissed.”
Pronunciation of Chief Kim Jacobs in reference to this morning’s media release:
Vice personnel are responsible for the enforcement of the laws regarding the sale of alcohol,
after-hours clubs, massage parlors, human trafficking, nuisance properties
among other serious violations of the law… pic.twitter.com/7fJFMuQATk
— Columbus, Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) July 12, 2018
Jacob the statement went on to say that, although the vice officers on the business “is reasonable, the motives behind the officers’ actions will be reviewed internally to ensure that our core values and our duty to our community to the best of our ability to remain the basis for our actions.”
Daniels was topless when she “knowingly” touched by a female Columbus police officer buttocks, put her hands on the officer’s chest and put her breast in the officer’s face while “on the premise of a sexually oriented business,” according to charging documents from the Franklin County Court obtained by WBNS. She’d performed the same act with a number of people who approached the stage and forced an officer head on her bare chest.
Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus, Ohio throughout the run of the same law, she has performed throughout the country on nearly a hundred strip clubs. This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We fight all bogus expenses. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018
In 2007, the law called the Community Defense Act prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa – with the exception of the immediate family.
She was released on bail before 6 p.m. Thursday. Daniels placed $6,000. The three points against Daniels were in the first-degree misdemeanors with a maximum penalty for one count is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Michael Avenatti said charges were dropped against his client Stormy Daniels.
Avenatti said the police had prepared a sting operation with multiple officers. He said that female undercover officers asked Daniels if they could get their face between her breasts.
The police said two other women, Miranda Panda, and Brittany Walters, were arrested, along with Daniels. They were all charged with three counts of “illegally operating sexually oriented business employee knowingly touch a patron.” Prosecutors are also checking whether these women will be prosecuted, said city attorney Zach Klein.
Miranda Panda [left] and Brittany Walters [right] were also arrested.
(Columbus Police Department)
Columbus police said Thursday that Daniels’ arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of illegal activities in the city adult clubs. They say that they have made numerous arrests under the law on illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business, but not a number.
MICHAEL AVENATTI CALLS STORMY DANIELS ARREST ‘POLITICALLY MOTIVATED’
Daniels’ whereabouts was not immediately clear. Avenatti said she planned to leave the state on Thursday. He said that she apologized for her fans in Columbus, but they would not be conducting its previously scheduled Thursday night show.
Daniels has claimed that she had sex with President Trump in 2006, when he was married, that Trump has refused. They are suing Trump and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the search for the invalidity of a confidentiality agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential elections.
Fox News’ Benjamin Brown, Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.