Prosecutors have dropped all charges against porn actress Stormy Daniels following her arrest at an Ohio adult club, her lawyer says.
Michael Avenatti said in a tweet he was pleased prosecutors had dropped the charges and thanked them for their professionalism.
A prosecutor’s memo he provided says an Ohio illegal touching law cannot be enforced because Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, has only appeared once at the Columbus club.
I am pleased to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels have been dismissed in their entirety (below motion was just granted). I want to thank Joe Gibson & his colleagues at the prosecutors ofc for their professionalism starting with our first call early this am. pic.twitter.com/xHPSWsyqM2— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018
The law refers to someone “who regularly appears nude or semi-nude” at a club.
Mr Avenatti earler said that while Ms Daniels was performing on Wednesday night at Sirens some patrons touched her in a “non-sexual” way.
He told MSNBC it was a police sting operation with multiple officers.
Mr Avenatti said female undercover officers asked Ms Daniels if they could place their faces between her breasts.
“It was an absurd use of law enforcement resources,” he said.
Columbus Police Makes 3 Arrests at Adult Entertainment Club
As part of a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking,
prostitution, & other vice related violations, CPD arrested 3 individuals from Club Sirens at 6190 Cleveland Ave., early this morning, 7/12/18. pic.twitter.com/UJQzJ3iI6c— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) July 12, 2018
An Ohio law known as the Community Defence Act prohibits anyone who is not a family member touching a nude or semi-nude dancer.
Columbus police said Daniels’s arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of illegal activity at city adult clubs.
They said they have made numerous arrests under the law regarding illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business, but did not immediately provide a number.
Daniels was released on bail and court records show she posted 6,000 US dollars (£4,500).
Official Statement From @StormyDaniels: As a result of what happened last night, I will unfortunately be unable to go forward with tonight's scheduled performance. I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018
Mr Avenatti posted on Twitter a statement by Ms Daniels that said she apologised to her fans in Columbus, but she would not perform her previously scheduled Thursday night show.
Ms Daniels has said she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006, when he was married, which Mr Trump has denied.
She is suing Mr Trump and his former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.
- Press Association