Stormy Daniels strip club charges dropped, lawyer slams 'setup'

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Charges against adult film actress Stormy Daniels for allegedly touching three undercover detectives while performing at an OH strip club were dismissed Thursday, her attorney said.

Avenatti said Clifford was arrested in Columbus Ohio while performing an act in a strip club that she had performed across the United States.

She is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on Friday. Daniels has also promoted the show on her Instagram page.

Avenatti said the arrest was a politically-motivated "sting operation".

Police arrested adult film actress Stormy Daniels - real name Stephanie Clifford - on Wednesday night at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club. He added: "We will fight all bogus charges".

While it's unclear what charges, if any, Daniels may face following her arrest, it may relate to a 2007 state law called the Community Defense Act that prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa - excluding immediate family members. A violation is a misdemeanor.

"We are highly confident that in the unlikely event that the district attorney proceeds with charges that she will be found not guilty", Avenatti said.

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"Are you kidding me?" he asked.

A third detective who observed the "criminal activity" from the back of the club told the other officers he would leave and request patrol assistance to arrest Daniels and two other suspects, according to the police report.

Daniels planned to be in Columbus Wednesday and Thursday as part of a nationwide tour, Avenatti said. Police wrote Daniels soon removed her top "and began forcing the faces of the patrons into her chest and using her bare breasts to smack the patrons".

"I deeply apologise to my fans in Columbus", the statement read. A person who answered the phone at the club declined to comment. Avenatti tweeted that his client would not perform at the club Thursday night.

He says he's confident that she'll be cleared of all charges. In 2016, Daniels sued Trump claiming that he never signed the nondisclosure or "hush" agreement, in hopes of making it invalid.

Just days before the 2016 election, Mr Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 (£98,400) in exchange for her silence. Trump has said he personally reimbursed Cohen for that payment. Then-Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, allowed the law to take effect without his signature despite a Statehouse debate that included young women in pink "Dancers for Democracy" shirts opposing the effort, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

"This was a complete set up", Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, tweeted.

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