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story.lead_photo.caption In this April 16, 2018 photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels outside federal court in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors dropped charges Thursday against Stormy Daniels just hours after the porn star was arrested and accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a performance at an Ohio strip club.

Her attorney said she was "set up" in a Columbus police sting operation, calling it an "absurd use of law enforcement resources." Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations.

The 39-year-old adult film star who says she's had sex with President Donald Trump was charged with three misdemeanors, each punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. She was released on $6,000 bail around daybreak Thursday.

By early afternoon, prosecutors said they were dropping the case because Ohio's law against physical contact between strippers and customers applies only to someone who "regularly" performs at a club. In Daniels' case, it was her first appearance at Sirens in Columbus.

Columbus police Chief Kim Jacobs said that "element of the law was missed in error."

"A mistake was made, and I accept full responsibility," she said.

Officers were well within their area of responsibility when making the arrests, she added. But she said the officers' motivations will be reviewed internally. Without providing details, she said unsubstantiated allegations about their motivations were circulating on social media.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted Daniels "refuses to be intimidated" and would "return to the scene of the 'no crime'" and perform again Thursday night at the club.

Police said Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, smacked the faces of two female officers and one male officer with her bare breasts during the Wednesday night show. Officers knocked on the door of her tour bus after the performance and took her into custody in an arrest that Avenatti said left her "traumatized and rattled."

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.

Police said two other dancers were arrested along with Daniels. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue charges against those women.

Police said Daniels' arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of adult clubs. They said they have made numerous arrests under the no-touching law but did not immediately provide a number.

The police department "engages in these operations routinely," said spokesman Sgt. Dean Worthington.

Franklin County Municipal Court records show 23 similar cases this year — including the charges against Daniels — 14 last year and six in 2016.

A person who answered the phone at the strip club declined to comment.

Daniels has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, when he was married. Trump has denied it. Before the election, she was paid $130,000 to stay silent in a deal handled by Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. She is now suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.

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  • JiminyC56
    July 12, 2018 at 8:06 a.m.

    Arkansas online left this part out which isn't surprising:

    "Daniels was topless when she “knowingly” touched a female Columbus police officer’s buttocks, placed her hands on the officer’s breast and then put her chest in the officer’s face while “on the premise of a sexually oriented business,” according to charging documents from the Franklin County Municipal Court obtained by WBNS."

  • TimberTopper
    July 12, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

    All in a day's work. No story here.

  • Delta2
    July 12, 2018 at 8:58 a.m.

    Definitely a threat to society. Thank God we have dedicated law enforcement personnel out there protecting us from dangers such as this, as well as running speed traps and throwing people in jail for smoking an occasional joint.

  • mrcharles
    July 12, 2018 at 10:09 a.m.

    So what! did she allow them to grab her - - - - y as recommended by the father of Ivanka.

    Is she on welfare? Does she work? Is this anyone else's business?

    I hear she posed for nude photos? Is that bad? Why?

    Did she leave a child in a hot car to die?

    Delta2 dont you know this is a serious matter? Since society has collapsed due to leftist ideas this type of sexual behavior is happening n merica. Some would say it occurred cause we took prayer out of schools. Many friends have told me that incantations really work except to cure amputees or to move mountains [ got to use dynamite] If we would only return to the god of the bible we would be better, moral people.

    We all know the story of Onan, Tamar and Judah, morality of righteous biblical people who our children are missing out on knowing [ ironic word] cause those evil atheistic took stuff out of schools - Uncle Joe says this proves god is not so tough as men cancelled his divine will that we do have prayers to the mother of jesus in schools.

    Still the question is.. is consensual/non-consensual touching of a women's parts are parts sinful, illegal or just reserved to the rich?

    This does show why only men should weigh in on matters involving females, as you see what happens when Wiley females entice the descendants of adam. Men testifying before men in congress is according to St Paul to enable men to protect women.

  • abb
    July 12, 2018 at 10:38 a.m.

    She motorboated an undercover officer. LOL! She'll have a great time in women's prison I tell ya!

  • Delta123
    July 12, 2018 at 11 a.m.

    So wasn't she this heroic figure and member of "The Resistance", standing up to the evil Trump? #METOO. Drip, drip, drip, and all that?

  • itryed
    July 12, 2018 at 11:01 a.m.

    Only if Orange Mound of Pus in next cell.

  • skeptic1
    July 12, 2018 at 12:57 p.m.

    "A prosecutor's memo provided by Avenatti states an Ohio illegal touching law can't be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club. The law refers to someone "who regularly appears nude or seminude" at a club." Hardly an acquittal but proof she is still a low life using her body for money.

    July 12, 2018 at 1:16 p.m.

    Sorta like Melania, right, septic?

  • LRDawg
    July 12, 2018 at 1:17 p.m.

    Did she grab anyone by the p***y? If not she's better than our president. That guy admits proudly to the unwanted grabbing of women's genitalia