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DA: Stars Cabaret thwarts Stormy Daniels assault case

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- It looks like no charges of any kind will be filed after a "wasted" customer threw a wallet at Stormy Daniels at Stars Cabaret in Bend in May.

What charges could have been filed? Harassment or assault against Stormy; disorderly conduct by the customer; and tampering with physical evidence. There is, however, a possible violation against the club of overserving the customer.

Here's how it played out.

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, declined to press charges in the wallet-throwing incident. After she was hit, she left the stage and canceled the rest of the show.

Disorderly conduct couldn't be filed because the surveillance video from that night was recorded over through the normal retention schedule of the club's surveillance.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel thought about filing a tampering-with-evidence charge against club owner Randy Kaiser, but came to the conclusion Kaiser didn't destroy the surveillance video, but "merely allowed it to be recorded over."

That's when Hummel filed a complaint with the OLCC about the club possibly overserving the customer. In a letter to Kaiser, Hummel wrote, in part: 

"After being held accountable for the fact your former club in Beaverton permitted underage children to dance nude, including a 13-year-old child who was also subjected to sex acts in a back room of the club, I assumed you would go out of your way to cooperate with law enforcement. Alas, I apparently did not understand how you operate. I do now and will hence forth act accordingly when I have dealings with your business."

As a reminder, Stormy Daniels was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about claims she had sex with President Donald Trump in 2006. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing his lawyer for the payment to Daniels but denies her allegations.


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