Questions remain about Stormy Daniels’ arrest by Columbus Police

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After the arrest of Stormy Daniels by Columbus police early Thursday morning, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti called the arrest “ridiculous” and “absurd.”

After the City Attorney dismissed the charges a few hours later, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs called the arrest “a mistake.”

And after her second performance in Columbus early Friday morning Stormy Daniels said, “I understand that certain people were just doing their jobs and sometimes its hard to do your job but its necessary – so overall, just thank you.”

The law used to charge Daniels says employees who regularly appear nude or semi-nude inside a strip club cannot touch customers.

Attorney Brandon Shroy has had more than a dozen clients who have faced the same charge. He says police know there’s always some degree of touching going on.  

“The reality of it is that law covers so much ground that it’s a little bit like speeding tickets,” Shroy said. “On any given day you see people speeding. They kind of pick and choose when they enforce it.”

Undercover officers observed Daniels making physical contact with customers along the front of the stage.

City Attorney Zach Klein said the charge against Stormy Daniels was dismissed because she had not regularly appeared at Sirens Gentleman’s Club as the law requires.

Police Chief Kim Jacobs said, “a mistake was made, and I accept full responsibility. . . The motivation behind the officers’ actions will be reviewed internally.”

On Twitter, Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti said that police review should include a look at the officer’s social media accounts adding, “…certain of these accounts appear to have been very pro-Trump. In the event it is discovered that my client was targeted and arrested because of our opposition to Mr. Trump, the resulting lawsuit and action will be swift and devastating…”

Attorney Shroy says the incident does raise questions.

“So it really comes down to the enforcement,” Shroy said. “What are the police using it for?  And I really think that’s what the question was when it was used with Stormy Daniels. Was there an ulterior motive? You could cite this seven days a week, 365 days a year. Why now?”

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