Stormy Daniels plans to use her tips from a Thursday night performance at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club to help pay the legal fees of two people who were arrested alongside the adult-film star the night before.
She was booked under a 10-year-old state law known as the Community Defense Act that says dancers at "sexually oriented" businesses are prohibited from touching customers and vice versa.
On Thursday, Avenatti tweeted that the actor would enter not guilty pleas to three misdemeanour charges. Patrons rushed the stage and started throwing dollar bills at her. Daniels, who was topless and wearing a G-string, reportedly forced patrons' faces into her breasts and smacked patrons with them, according to the police report.
Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested Thursday and charged with violating a controversial and conservative-backed OH state law called the Community Defense Act, which prevents adult dancers from touching customers, and vice versa. Court papers said the law couldn't be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club and the law states it's for regular performers. Her initial lawsuit against Trump was for not signing their initial "hush agreement", and she insisted she only wanted to speak out about her affair, and so was attempting to find a way that would legally protect her in doing so. We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing 'touching.' We will vehemently contest all charges.
Update: The charges against Stormy Daniels have been dropped.
The law places a wide range of restrictions, including no naked dancing after midnight, limits on when dancers can touch patrons and which clubs with liquor licenses can continue to stay open despite featuring nude dancing. "There has to be higher priorities", he wrote.
"I am pleased to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels have been dismissed in their entirety", Avenatti said on Twitter, thanking prosecutors for their "professionalism". "Are you kidding me?" Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations.
Michael Avenatti, her attorney, announced the arrest in a 1 am Thursday tweet, saying Clifford was accused of three misdemeanour charges of allowing "touching". Before the election, she was paid $130,000 to stay silent in a deal handled by Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Sirens Gentlemen's Club confirmed that Daniels had performed at the Columbus venue on Wednesday night.
A person who answered the phone at Sirens declined to comment.