Stormy Daniels arrest sparks internal police review: ‘A mistake was made,’ chief says after all charges are dropped

The arrest of porn star and Donald Trump accuser Stormy Daniels at an Ohio strip club early Thursday will be reviewed internally, Columbus police chief Kim Jacobs said Thursday.

In a statement published to the police department’s Twitter account, Jacobs allowed that “a mistake was made, and I accept full responsibility.”

“The facts behind the charges and the behavior witnessed by the Vice officers are a matter of public record, and officers were well within their area of responsibility when taking enforcement action,” Jacobs said. “Nevertheless, a mistake was made, and I accept full responsibility.”

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“While the presence of Vice officers at this establishment is reasonable, the motivations behind the officers’ actions will be reviewed internally to ensure that our Core Values and duty to serve our community to the best of our ability continue to be the basis for our actions,” Jacobs added.

Daniels — real name: Stephanie Clifford — and two others were arrested early Thursday at Club Sirens, where Daniels had booked a two-night engagement. Daniels was charged with three counts of illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business, for allegedly “illegally touching three different undercover Vice detectives,” according to a press release issued by the department Thursdays.

The charges were subsequently dismissed, and Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, called the arrest “a setup” and “politically motivated.”

“It reeks of desperation,” Avenatti added in a tweet Thursday.

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What Stormy Daniels has said about her affair with Trump

She says: In Touch never paid her for her story

Daniels says she was never paid the $15,000 she was originally offered by In Touch for the story of her alleged affair with Trump.

She says: Her sexual encounter with Trump was consensual

Daniels had said during the "60 Minutes" interview that she didn't want to have sex with Trump – but when asked by Anderson Cooper if the encounter with Trump was consensual, the adult film star responded affirmatively, saying, "yes, yes."

She says: Trump's lawyer threatened her and her daughter

As she detailed the aftermath of the alleged affair, Stormy Daniels -- whose real name is Stephanie Clifford -- described a moment in a Las Vegas parking lot when a man threatened her:

"And a guy walked up on me and said to me, 'Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.' And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone."

She says: Trump compared her to Ivanka

"He was like, 'Wow, you — you are special. You remind me of my daughter,'" Daniels told "60 Minutes." "You know — he was like, 'You're smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you.'"

She says: Trump "brushed aside" his relationship with Melania

When asked by Anderson Cooper about Trump's marriage to Melania Trump, Daniels said Trump "brushed aside" any concern surrounding his marital vows. She said he spoke of his marriage to Daniels, saying:

"Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We don’t even—we have separate rooms and stuff."

She says: She spanked Trump with a magazine with Trump on the cover

Stormy Daniels confirmed in her "60 Minutes" interview the earlier report that she had spanked Trump with a magazine featuring himself on the cover.

She says: She was paid $130,000 in hush money

Michael Cohen has confirmed that he paid Stephanie Clifford $130,000 11 days before the 2016 election. A former chairman of the Federal Election Commission has since said this payment may have been illegal.


Avenatti later tweeted that prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges in part because a strict reading of state law indicated that it applied to employees of an establishment and not to guest performers like his client.

Daniels, who has filed a lawsuit against Trump, maintains that she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago, and was paid $130,000 in hush money prior to the 2016 presidential election. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels.

Daniels, who intends to perform at the club again Thursday night, tweeted Thursday that she will donate tips she receives tonight to the legal fees of the two other dancers who were arrested.

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