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Charges dropped against Stormy Daniels in strip club arrest

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Pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, was arrested at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club on Wednesday.

Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became president, was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, her lawyer said Thursday.

Prosecutors later dismissed the charges, according to Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti. The motion by prosecutors said that the law applies to people who regularly appear nude at a particular establishment, but that Clifford had not appeared at the club consistently.

Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, appeared at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in northeastern Columbus on Wednesday . She was charged with three counts of illegal sexually oriented activity, a misdemeanor, the arrest report says. She was released from the Jackson Pike jail in Columbus on Thursday after posting $6,054 cash bail.

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The charges stemmed “from an allegation that while performing, she engaged in touching with customers who turned out to be undercover vice officers,” Avenatti said.

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Police officers at the club said in an affidavit that Clifford pressed patrons’ faces into her chest and fondled the breasts of some women in the audience. She performed similar acts on three officers and grabbed one by the buttocks, the affidavit said.

“My understanding is that a number of undercover officers were female, which was not unusual to my client because a huge number of women are turning out to see her shows,” he said. “And a couple of officers asked her to allow them to place their face in between her breasts.”

Court records show at least two other people were also arrested with Clifford and charged with one count each of the same misdemeanor.

NEW YORK TIMES

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