Stormy Daniels Charges Dismissed as City Attorney Finds 'Crimes Were Not Committed' Following Strip Club Arrest

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Stormy Daniels autographs a photo during a fan meet and greet at Chi Chi LaRue’s in West Hollywood, California, on May 23. Tara Ziemba/Getty Images

Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who is suing President Donald Trump, had three misdemeanor sex charges dismissed Thursday after she was arrested in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday night for allegedly allowing someone at a strip club to touch her.

"I am pleased to report that the charges against my client, Stormy Daniels, have been dismissed in their entirety," said Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, along with a picture of the motion to dismiss.

Avenatti had earlier claimed that the arrest was part of a sting operation in which undercover female police officers asked if they could place their face between her breasts.

Ohio law states that "no employee who regularly appears" at a business may "knowingly touch a patron." Since Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was only scheduled to perform at Siren's Gentlemen's Club Wednesday night and does not regularly perform there, prosecutors said the crimes were not committed.

"I've determined that these crimes were not committed, based on the fact that Ms. Clifford has not made regular appearances at this establishment as required under the law," Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said in a statement.

Avenatti called the operation "a setup and politically motivated."

"I think this is ridiculous, I think it's an absurd use of law enforcement resources," he said Thursday morning talking with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle. "My client was subsequently taken into custody. They took her on the perp walk so she could be videotaped getting out of the paddy wagon."

"I think this is ridiculous. I think this is an absurd use of law enforcement resources..."

@MichaelAvenatti on Stormy Daniels' recent arrest

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 12, 2018

Klein said he would investigate whether his office should pursue charges against other defendants arrested during the same sting operation.

"My office was not involved in this sting operation, so any additional questions about it must be directed to the Columbus Division of Police," Klein said.

Statement from the Columbus City Attorney's office says they weren't consulted in sting that led to Stormy Daniels' arrest, and says charges have been dropped. What a mess.

— Andrew Tobias (@AndrewJTobias) July 12, 2018

Daniels said she was "saddened" the other two dancers arrested with her did not have their charges dismissed. Daniels will return to the same venue in Columbus Thursday night for another performance.

"All tips from my stage performance tonight at Sirens in Columbus will go towards their legal fees," Daniels tweeted. "Come support the working women of this city."

Saddened to hear the other 2 dancers arrested with me last night did not have their charges dropped. All tips from my stage performance tonight at Sirens in Columbus will go towards their legal fees. Come support the working women of this city. #letussurvive

— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) July 12, 2018

Update: This story has been updated to include Daniels' tweet that she will still perform Thursday night as scheduled and will donate all of her tips to the two other women who were arrested.