Update: On Thursday evening, Columbus Chief of Police Kim Jacobs admitted that "a mistake was made" in Daniels's arrest, and the officers "motivations" would be reviewed internally "to ensure that our core values and duty to serve our community to the best of our ability continue to be the basis for our actions." The full statement is below.
Earlier that day, Stormy Daniels's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, tweeted that the charges against his client had been dismissed.
Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who allegedly had an affair with President Trump in 2006 and was paid off by his attorneys, was arrested early on Thursday morning in Columbus, Ohio.
According to CNN, Daniels faces three misdemeanor charges of “illegally touching a patron" during her performance at a strip club.
Ohio law dictates that “no employee who regularly appears nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually oriented business” is allowed to touch anyone who is not a member of their immediate family while nude or seminude on the premises of said establishment.
Daniels’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, weighed in on the charges on Thursday morning, tweeting, “Just [received] word that my client @StormyDaniels was arrested in Columbus Ohio whole performing the same act she has performed across the nation at nearly a hundred strip clubs. This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges. #Basta.”
“She was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non sexual manner!” he continued. “Are you kidding me? They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!! #SetUp #Basta.”
“We expect her to be released on bail shortly. We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing ‘touching.’ We will vehemently contest all charges. #Basta.”