Stormy Daniels’ strip club charges dropped

LAWYER: AB­SURD USE OF RE­SOURCES

Manchester Evening News - - WORLD -

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 ap­peared once at the Colum­bus club. The law refers to some­one “who reg­u­larly ap­pears nude or semi-nude” at a club.

Mr Ave­natti ear­lier said that while Ms Daniels was per­form­ing at Sirens, some pa­trons touched her in a “non-sex­ual” way.

He told a US TV sta­tion 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.

Ohio’s Com­mu­nity De­fence Act pro­hibits any­one who is not a fam­ily mem­ber touch­ing a nude or semi-nude dancer.

Colum­bus po­lice said Daniels’ ar­rest was part of a long-term hu­man traf­fick­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity at city adult clubs.

They said nu­mer­ous ar­rests were made un­der the law re­gard­ing il­le­gal sex­u­ally ori­ented ac­tiv­ity in a sex­u­ally ori­ented busi­ness, but did not pro­vide a num­ber.

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