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Charges Dropped Against Stormy Daniels For Allegedly Fondling Patrons In An Ohio Strip Club Appearance

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who fell into the national spotlight after having an alleged affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, was arrested earlier this week and charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegally touching a patron, Vice reports, though the charges were dropped on Thursday afternoon

Daniels, who’s legal name is Stephanie Clifford was scheduled to perform at The Siren’s Gentlemen Group in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Her lawyer Michael Avenatti posted a series of tweets shortly after her arrest heavily criticizing the local law enforcement for even dedicating time to this. He called it a “setup.” 

In 2007, the state of Ohio passed a law that prohibits any employee who regularly appears nude or seminude, “from touching patrons on the premises of a sexually oriented business — unless it’s a family member,” CNN reports.

According to undercover detectives, Daniels removed her top and then forced patrons faces into her chest. She was reportedly also seen fondling other female patrons breasts. When the undercover detectives approached the stage, CNN reports that Daniels, “made her way toward two detectives, leaned over and grabbed their faces. She shoved each of their faces between her breasts.”

Daniels was arrested on Wednesday evening and released Thursday morning at 6:30 am. All the charges against her were dropped. Avenatti says she will not be preforming at Sirens on Thursday night. 

The Columbus Police Department released a statement that said the arrest of Daniels, was a part of, “a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution, & other vice related violations.” The department also stated that they have made multiple arrests based on this law when they began to hear of the illegal activity that was occurring. 

Daniels is currently suing President Donald and his lawyer Michael Cohen, who allegedly paid her $130,000 in hush money shortly before the 2016 Presidential election. Her lawyer says the money came directly from campaign funds, President Donald Trump says he reimbursed Cohen. 

Lauryn is a 2014 graduate of Mars Hill University where she majored in Business with a concentration in marketing and finance. While in college Lauryn was the Founder and Editor of Her Campus Mars Hill. She is currently a candidate for her Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives for a good plot twist, a great cup of coffee and new running shoes.