Police alleged Daniels pressed her breasts into the face of a patron who turned out to be an undercover officer and also fondled two other patrons, landing her in jail for violating an OH law that prohibits an employee who regularly appears nude or seminude from touching patrons on the premises of a sexually oriented business.
An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who isn't a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer. Avenatti tweeted she will enter a plea of "not guilty" on all charges, saying the whole situation "reeks of desperation". "And a couple of officers asked her to allow them to place their face in between her breasts".
This photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018, shows porn actress Stormy Daniels.
Although the law has been in effect for over a decade, a 2017 report from The Columbus Dispatch found that it is seldom enforced. She is facing three counts of "Illegally Operating Sexually Oriented Business - Employee Knowingly Touch Any Patron", according to online court records.
He thanked prosecutors and posted photographs of court documents showing that the state of OH had moved to dismiss the case because it did "not have probable cause to proceed on any of the three charges set forth in the complaints".
The law refers to someone "who regularly appears nude or seminude" at a club.
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Daniels' attorney told NBC News there were multiple undercover vice officers in the club during her show and after the customer touched her, officers got up and arrested her on the spot. They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?
"#SetUp #Basta", Avenatti said in a second tweet.
Jacobs claimed that her officers do their work in "an impartial manner" but Stormy and her lawyer Michael Avenatti called foul. "There has to be higher priorities", he wrote.
Daniels is suing the president and his former longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, and trying to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. Trump has denied it.
Columbus police said the arrest of Daniels and two other women at Sirens Gentlemen's Club was part of a long-term investigation into allegations of human trafficking, prostitution and other vice-related violations at adult entertainment clubs in the city.
Daniels has been on tour since last winter, appearing at strip clubs across the United States, and had been due to perform again at Sirens on Thursday night.