State law used in adult film stars arrest being challenged

The law prohibits people who regularly appear nude or semi-nude at a sexually oriented business from knowingly touching a patron. (WSYX/WTTE)

A state law used in charging adult film star Stormy Daniels and two exotic club employees is being challenged.

The law prohibits people who regularly appear nude or semi-nude at a sexually oriented business from knowingly touching a patron.

Charges against Daniels were dropped shortly after her arrest. Charges against the other two women, Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters, were dropped Wednesday.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein sent a memo to Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs calling the law "legally problematic" and argues, "It creates an inequitable application of the law that is dependent on how 'regular' the employee appears."

Attorney Ed Hastie is representing both Panda and Walters and agrees with the City Attorney’s decision.

“I have a lot of feelings on that law. I don’t believe it’s proper in the first place. I also don’t feel that even if the law is proper that my clients violated it. They simply did not,” said Hastie.

Greg Flaig, executive director for the Buckeye Association for Club Executives said the decision is a win for exotic clubs.

“It’s not going to do anything for anyone to enforce that law because Zach Klein’s office just gave every adult business the ability to defend itself,” explained Flaig.

Despite charges being dropped, Hastie said his clients are still dealing with negative attention from the incident.

“They’ve been harassed and accosted by both media and people coming up to them. Their local newspapers have been writing about them. It’s been on TV; things have been splashed everywhere.”

There’s no word on if Panda or Walters plan to pursue legal action.

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