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2Stormy Daniels strip club charges dropped, lawyer slams 'setup'

Melinda Barton | 13 July, 2018, 08:46

Daniels, who was semi-nude, allegedly touched some of the patrons' breasts and allowed them to touch her, according to charging documents obtained by ABC affiliate WSYX.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, vowed to fight the "bogus charges" his client faces after she was apparently arrested early Thursday while performing at an OH strip club, in what he blasted as a "setup" that was "politically motivated". But a 2007 OH law states that an employee at a sexually-oriented business is not allowed to touch anyone not related to them while nude or seminude.

"We are confident she will be cleared of all charges", Avenatti said. Patrons rushed the stage and started throwing dollar bills at her. Daniels, who was topless and wearing a G-string, reportedly forced patrons' faces into her breasts and smacked patrons with them, according to the police report. Then-Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, allowed the law to take effect without his signature despite a Statehouse debate that included young women in pink "Dancers for Democracy" shirts opposing the effort, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Online court records showed that three misdemeanor charges of illegally operating a sexually oriented business related to knowingly touching a patron were dismissed.

The charges were subsequently dropped.

Because Clifford does not regularly appear at the Columbus strip club, charges were dismissed.

Her attorney said Daniels is accused of quote "allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non-sexual manner". Avenatti told MSNBC Thursday that the undercover officers in the strip club were female but shook off allegations that any of the behavior Daniels engaged in was "inappropriate". "Are you kidding me?" he wrote.

Klein said his office was not involved in what he called a "sting operation".

The charges against Stormy Daniels have been dismissed following her arrest in OH early Thursday morning. "There has to be higher priorities". In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations" she made about a sexual encounter with him.

Sirens Gentlemen's Club confirmed that Daniels had performed at the Columbus venue on Wednesday night. A person who answered the phone at the club declined to comment.

Daniels is suing the president and his former longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, and trying to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.