The porn star's lawyer said the arrest "reeks of desperation", and said Daniels was performing the same routine she had done "at almost a hundred strip clubs" throughout the country.
An Ohio law passed in 2007 states that "an employee who regularly appears nude or seminude at a sexually oriented business is prohibited from touching patrons, except for family members", according to the CNN report.
Murphy said it's possible police were "bypassing" Daniels' arrest if she'd committed a "bondable offense", meaning she could pay a bond and be released from jail until her case is decided.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office later confirmed that Daniels had been charged with three misdemeanor sex offenses. When they subsequently approached her, she allegedly did the same to two of the detectives, while reportedly touching the third officer as detailed above.
After posting bail and pleading not guilty on the charges, the charges against Daniels were dismissed Thursday afternoon.
Hours later, the charges were dropped due to lack of "probable cause", according to court documents.
According to OH law, "No patron who is not a member of the employee's immediate family shall knowingly touch any employee while that employee is nude or seminude or touch the clothing of any employee while that employee is nude or seminude". TMZ broke the story. sources connected with the club tell us the undercover officers waited in the back of the club for Stormy to take the stage, appearing as if they were gunning for her. "Are you kidding me?"
"It was an absurd use of law enforcement resources", Avenatti said.
Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, called the charges "bogus", alleging that his client was set up in a "politically motivated" manner during one of her regular performances. Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations.
Avenatti said it was "ridiculous" that Columbus Police forced Daniels on a perp walk for the cameras at Jackson Pike Correctional Facility and police could instead focus on Columbus's skyrocketing murder rate. "There has to be higher priorities", he wrote.
Daniels claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid off by Trump's lawyer in October 2016, weeks before the presidential election, not to talk about it. Trump has denied having an affair.
A person who answered the phone at Sirens declined to comment.
Earlier this year, Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump.