Stormy Daniels Arrested While Performing at Ohio Strip Club, Charges Dismissed

UPDATE 12:55 p.m. ET: Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted on Thursday afternoon that the charges against his client have been “dismissed in their entirety.”

Original story below:

Stormy Daniels was arrested while performing at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, July 11, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirms to Us Weekly.

The 39-year-old porn star (real name Stephanie Clifford) was charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron. The state’s Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who is not a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude performer on the premises of a sexually oriented business.

Stormy Daniels mugshot
Stormy Daniels. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

According to police, Daniels allegedly smacked the faces of two undercover officers with her bare breasts in addition to fondling one of the officers’ breasts and butt. CBS News affiliate WBNS-10TV released a video of the stripper in handcuffs while being led into a holding facility. She was released on bail shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 12.

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, addressed her arrest in a series of tweets in the early hours of Thursday morning. “Just rcvd word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio [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. We will fight all bogus charges,” he wrote.

Avenatti later tweeted a statement from Daniels: “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.”

The adult entertainer has been embroiled in a legal battle with President Donald Trump for months after she claimed they had sex in 2006, one year after he married Melania Trump. She filed a lawsuit against the former Celebrity Apprentice host, 72, in March, claiming the nondisclosure agreement that his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, brokered with her is void because Trump never signed it. The president admitted on Twitter in May that he reimbursed Cohen for the so-called hush payment.

The White House has denied any sexual relationship between Trump and Daniels.

Us Weekly has reached out to the Columbus Division of Police, Sirens Gentlemen’s Club and Avenatti for comment.

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