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UPDATE: Charges dropped against porn actress Stormy Daniels

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Update:

Charges against porn actress Stormy Daniels were dropped, on Thursday, hours after she was arrested at a Columbus strip club for allegedly letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said Thursday.

According to a tweet from her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, the Columbus City Attorney's office approved a motion to dismiss the charges against Daniels.

Columbus City Attorney Zack Klein released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

My office has reviewed the charges filed by the Columbus Division of Police, and 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. We’ll do the same inquiry for the other defendants involved, as well.  My office was not involved in this sting operation, so any additional questions about it must be directed to the Columbus Division of Police. The charges have been dismissed.

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Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested in Columbus, Ohio during a performance at a strip club.

Daniels has since been released on a $6,000 bond.

Franklin County Jail officials confirmed she was released around 6 a.m. Thursday. 

Stormy Daniels arrested at Columbus strip club

Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, is set for a Friday arraignment on three misdemeanor counts of touching a patron at a "sexually oriented" business in violation of an Ohio strip club law.

Ohio law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer.

Daniels's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said on Twitter that she will plead not guilty to all counts and has said the touching was in a "non sexual" way.


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