Stormy Daniels free of charges after overnight arrest at Columbus strip club

(Courtesy: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

Stormy Daniels was arrested in Ohio's capital overnight Thursday, and her charges were dropped by the afternoon.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was accused of letting patrons touch her. An Ohio law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer, but her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said that law doesn't apply to her.

Her attorney said she was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a "non sexual manner."

"Are you kidding me? They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities," said Avenatti.

The complaint filed in Franklin County Municipal court told a different story. According to the documents, after Daniels took the stage, she forced herself onto patrons. Officers said they watched her fondle breasts of female patrons.

The documents said that three officers then approached the stage. They said that Daniels placed her breasts onto a female officer's face then did the same to the other two officers. The documents say a fourth officer then called for assistance.

Columbus Police said all officers were undercover. In addition to Daniels' arrest, two other performers are facing charges. Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda are accused of performing similar acts.


Court records show she was released on bail before 6 a.m. Thursday. She was spotted leaving jail before 6:30 a.m.

She was scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning, but her charges were later dropped.

City Attorney Zach Klein said he determined no crimes were committed.

In a statement from Daniels released by Avenatti, Daniels said her planned Thursday night performance was cancelled as a result of the arrest.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this developing story.

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