Lawyer: City to investigate whether Stormy Daniels arrest was politically motivated

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said Wednesday that Columbus city leaders have promised a thorough investigation into the arrest of his client.

“Just had a very productive mtg in Columbus with City Atty Klein, Police Chief Jacobs, and others relating to what happened to @StormyDaniels. They have promised a thorough investigation, inc. whether it was politically motivated. Once that is complete, we will decide next steps,” said Avenatti on Twitter.

Daniels was arrested last week, accused of illegally touching patrons during a performance at Sirens in Columbus. The charges were dismissed hours later.

Avenatti has previously accused a Columbus police officer involved in the arrest of being behind a Pro-Trump social media account.

NBC4 has reached out to the City Attorney’s office for comment on the meeting with Avenatti.

Wednesday afternoon, City Attorney Zach Klein instructed police not to enforce the portion of the law that Daniels was arrested on. Klein also said his office would not prosecute those cases.

Charges against two women arrested at the same time as Daniels were dropped Wednesday.

According to a memo Klein sent to police, charging someone under this code section is “legally problematic because it creates an inequitable application of the law that is dependent on how ‘regular’ the employee appears… the very same actions/touching are treated completely differently depending on the regularity of the employees’ appearances, and each have drastically different outcomes for the employee.”

“In light of the recent charges filed under this statute, we have recognized there is a glaring inequitable application of the law, which treats people differently for the same conduct based on the frequency of their appearances at sexually oriented businesses,” said Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein. “For this reason, and for the concern over the definition of ‘patron’ as applied to law enforcement, we have issued a directive to the Columbus Division of Police to notify them that we will no longer be prosecuting these charges.”

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