A day after arrest, Stormy Daniels dances but doesn't touch

Nellie Chapman
July 16, 2018

Her attorney said she was "set up" in a Columbus police sting operation, calling it an "absurd use of law enforcement resources".

Stormy Daniels didn't let her recent arrest ruin her night for her fans.

The Sirens Gentlemen's Club had posted on its website that Daniels was scheduled to perform there Wednesday and Thursday.

Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - is suing Trump and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to nullify a 2016 non-disclosure agreement preventing her from speaking out about the affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.

Her lawyer Michael Avenatti announced Thursday that the charges had been "dismissed in their entirety" and thanked prosecutors for their "professionalism" in a tweet.

Vice personnel working last night believed they had probable cause that state law regulating sexually-oriented businesses was violated; however, one element of the law was missed in error and charges were subsequently dismissed.

"A mistake was made, and I accept full responsibility", the statement said.

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Avenatti said Daniels was arrested while "performing the same act she has performed across the nation at almost a hundred strip clubs".

Because Daniels does not regularly appear at the club, the charges were dismissed, according to court documents.

In what her lawyer dubbed a "politically motivated" set-up, Daniels was arrested without incident at the Sirens club in Columbus, Ohio after officers accused her of knowingly touching club patrons "in a specified anatomical area".

Curry said she has never seen anyone get arrested in the 2½ years she has worked at Sirens, nor has she had any experience with the law while on the job. Avenatti successfully argued Daniels "has not appeared consistently and repeatedly at Sirens", according to prosecutors.

Just days before the 2016 election, Cohen paid Daniels US$130,000 in exchange for her silence.

"The Columbus Division of Police Vice personnel are responsible for enforcing laws regulating alcohol sales, after-hours clubs, massage parlors, human trafficking, nuisance properties among other serious violations of law". The White House has said Trump denies an affair happened.

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