Officer Mary Praither has been identified as the Columbus, Ohio police officer who alleges that Stormy Daniels groped her in an Ohio strip club.
According to court records, Daniels has been accused of three counts of “illegally operating sexually oriented business – employee knowingly touch any patron.” According to Ohio state law, anyone who is not a family member is prohibited from touching a nude or semi-nude performer.
Following her arrest, Franklin County Municipal Court records show that Daniels posted a $6,054 bond. As a result of the arrest, Daniels was forced to cancel her scheduled performance in Ohio:
“As a result of what happened last night, I will unfortunately be unable to go forward with tonight’s scheduled performance. I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus,” Daniels said in a statement released by her attorney, Michael Avenatti.
The incident reportedly happened at the Sirens Gentleman’s Club in Columbus, Ohio.
via The Daily Beast:
An arrest report reviewed by The Daily Beast reveals how two female vice cops and a pair of male colleagues entered Sirens Gentleman’s Club and zeroed in on Daniels, as well as two other jiggle joint employees.
The four officers visited Sirens around 10 p.m. to investigate “Vice related offenses as a result of complaints received alleging prostitution and drug activity,” the document stated.
Officer Mary Praither and Detective Whitney Lancaster sat near the stage of the VIP area, where another dancer, Brittany Walters, was performing in the middle of the room and allegedly rubbed her bare breasts on Praither’s face before fondling Praither’s chest. The foursome then headed to the main room and sat at a table. Around 11:30 p.m., Clifford took the stage, and most of the customers “got up from their tables and stood immediately adjacent to the stage throwing dollar bills at Ms. Clifford,” the police report stated. While dancing, Clifford removed her top and “began forcing the faces of the patrons into her chest and using her bare breasts to smack the patrons,” the affidavit said, adding that she was “fondling the breasts of female patrons.”
While Daniels was expected to plead not guilty at an arraignment scheduled for Friday, July 13, the charges against her were dismissed on Thursday, July 12.
Daniels — real name Stephanie Clifford — first came into the spotlight earlier in 2018 after news broke of her alleged one-night-stand with President Trump in 2006. She sued Trump and his attorney, Michael Cohen, to be released from a “hush agreement” over the alleged affair.
I am pleased to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels have been dismissed in their entirety (below motion was just granted). I want to thank Joe Gibson & his colleagues at the prosecutors ofc for their professionalism starting with our first call early this am. pic.twitter.com/xHPSWsyqM2
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 12, 2018