Stormy’s strip club charges dis­missed most sum­mar­ily

The Observer - - WORLD -

CHARGES were dropped against adult film star Stormy Daniels on Thurs­day af­ter a strip club ar­rest that her lawyer slammed as be­ing “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated”. Ms Daniels (pic­tured) who is su­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, was ar­rested dur­ing a show in Colum­bus, Ohio, af­ter of­fi­cers ac­cused her of touch­ing pa­trons in­ap­pro­pri­ately. Ohio law pro­hibits em­ploy­ees who reg­u­larly ap­pear “nude or semi-nude on the premises of a sex­u­ally ori­ented busi­ness” from be­ing touched by or touch­ing club-go­ers. Her lawyer Michael Ave­natti has an­nounced the charges had been “dis­missed in their en­tirety” and thanked pros­e­cu­tors for their “pro­fes­sion­al­ism” in a tweet. Mr Ave­natti charged ear­lier that un­der­cover of­fi­cers asked her if they could place their face be­tween her breasts while she was per­form­ing,” he said. Mr Ave­natti called the three mis­de­meanour charges “an ab­surd use of law en­force­ment re­sources.” Ms Daniels, 39, later an­nounced a fol­low-up per­for­mance at the same club. Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, is su­ing Mr Trump and his for­mer lawyer Michael Co­hen to nul­lify a 2016 non-dis­clo­sure agree­ment stop­ping her from speak­ing out about an al­leged af­fair with Mr Trump in 2006.

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