Charges dropped against porn star Stormy Daniels

The Niagara Falls Review - - Canada & World - AN­DREW WELSH-HUG­GINS

COLUM­BUS, OHIO — Pros­e­cu­tors dropped charges Thurs­day against Stormy Daniels just hours af­ter the porn ac­tress was ar­rested and ac­cused of il­le­gally rub­bing un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers’ faces against her bare breasts dur­ing a per­for­mance at an Ohio strip club.

Her at­tor­ney said she was “set up” in a Colum­bus po­lice sting op­er­a­tion, calling it an “ab­surd use of law en­force­ment re­sources.” Po­lice said they rou­tinely con­duct such un­der­cover oper­a­tions at clubs.

The 39-year-old adult film star who claims to have had sex with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was charged with three mis­de­meanours, each pun­ish­able by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. She was re­leased on $6,000 bail around day­break Thurs­day.

By early af­ter­noon, pros­e­cu­tors said they were drop­ping the case be­cause Ohio’s law against phys­i­cal con­tact be­tween strip­pers and cus­tomers ap­plies only to some­one who “reg­u­larly” per­forms at a club. In Daniels’ case, it was her first ap­pear­ance at Sirens in Colum­bus.

Po­lice said Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, smacked the faces of two fe­male of­fi­cers and one male of­fi­cer with her bare breasts. Of­fi­cers knocked on the door of her tour bus af­ter the per­for­mance and took her into cus­tody.

Her at­tor­ney, Michael Ave­natti, said Daniels was “trau­ma­tized and rat­tled” fol­low­ing the ar­rest.

She was booked un­der a 10year-old state law known as the Com­mu­nity De­fence Act that says dancers at “sex­u­ally ori­ented” busi­nesses are pro­hib­ited from touch­ing cus­tomers and vice versa.

Po­lice said two other dancers were ar­rested along with Daniels. Pros­e­cu­tors will de­cide whether to pur­sue charges against those women.

Colum­bus po­lice said Daniels’ ar­rest was part of a long-term hu­man traf­fick­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity at city adult clubs. They said they’ve made nu­mer­ous ar­rests un­der the law but did not im­me­di­ately pro­vide a num­ber.

The po­lice de­part­ment “en­gages in these oper­a­tions rou­tinely,” said spokesper­son Sgt. Dean Wor­thing­ton.

Daniels can­celled her Thurs­day night per­for­mance at Sirens where she was booked for a twonight en­gage­ment.

Ave­natti posted a state­ment from Daniels on Twit­ter apol­o­giz­ing to her fans in Colum­bus for the can­cel­la­tion.

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