Stormy Daniels: charges over strip club performance in OH dropped, lawyer says

United States President Donald Trump and adult film actress Stormy Daniels

United States President Donald Trump and adult film actress Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels's lawyer said that the adult film star will not return to the OH club where she was arrested early Thursday morning, after initially planning to do so.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested earlier Thursday at an OH strip club for purportedly violating an OH law by allowing a patron to touch her.

"Are you kidding me?" Daniels started performing at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an affidavit filed in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Her attorney said they will be opposing all charges.

A lawyer for the star, who is locked in a court battle with US President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, said the arrest was "politically motivated".

Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said her arrest at a OH strip club early Thursday was "setup" and "politically motivated".

OH law prohibits anyone who isn't a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer. A violation is a misdemeanor. Avenatti tweeted. "They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!", he added.

According to an arrest affidavit cited by the New York Times, Daniels was dancing topless at the club when she pressed patrons' faces into her chest, fondled the breasts of some women in the audience and performed similar acts on three police officers who were at the establishment. Cohen has confirmed he made the payment.

Avenatti said it was "ridiculous" that Columbus Police forced Daniels on a perp walk for the cameras at Jackson Pike Correctional Facility and police could instead focus on Columbus's skyrocketing murder rate. "I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus".

After posting a $6,054 bail, Daniel was released, court records show. The strip club where she reportedly performed, called Sirens, also declined to comment when asked about the matter.

Later Thursday morning, Avenatti noted, "My client @StormyDaniels will issue a plea of "Not Guilty" to the three misdemeanor charges".

Through White House officials, Trump has denied the affair, although Cohen has admitted paying Daniels $130,000 as part of the agreement.

Walters, 20, is accused of rubbing her bare breasts on one undercover officer then fondling that officer' breasts, according to the Columbus police report. In May, Trump said Daniels was paid to stop "false and extortionist accusations".

The state of OH moved to dismiss the case because it did "not have probable cause to proceed on any of the three charges set forth in the complaints", according to scanned court documents that Avenatti posted to social media.