Stormy Daniels arrested at OH strip club, lawyer says

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Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the porn film star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became USA president, is shown in this booking photo released by Franklin County Sheriff's Office, in Columbus, Ohio, on July 12, 2018.

PREVIOUS STORY: Adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump and is suing the president, was arrested during a performance at an OH strip club, her lawyer said early Thursday.

Stormy's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said the incident reeked of a sting operation. "We will vehemently contest all charges".

ABC News reached out to Avenatti who declined to elaborate beyond his tweets.

But according to an arrest report cited by Columbus news station WBNS, police accuse Daniels of touching "a specified anatomical area" of individuals present at the performance, including police officers.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested by Columbus Police. OH strip club law reportedly prohibits patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patron is a member of the dancer's immediate family. No times are listed for her performances and a representative of Platinum Plus would only say they are at night. She also alleges she was threatened to stay quiet about the affair. "The officers also observed Ms. Clifford fondling the breasts of female patrons", Franklin County Municipal Court records show.

Thursday afternoon, city prosecutors dropped the charges, saying the OH illegal touching law can't be enforced because Daniels has only appeared once at the Columbus club.

Avenatti said Daniels was arrested while "performing the same act she has performed across the nation at almost a hundred strip clubs".

Avenatti tweeted just before 7 a.m. Thursday that Daniels would "issue a plea of "Not Guilty" to the charges.

"It was an absurd use of law enforcement resources", Avenatti said. "There has to be higher priorities!" he continued. Avenatti said the officers present at the performance were in plain clothes. "We will fight all bogus charges", he tweeted, including a hashtag for the word "basta" which is Italian for "enough".

When two detectives and an officer approached the stage, the documents said, Daniels made her way to one of them and began performing in front of her. Daniels "leaned over, grabbed Det".

Daniels has gained nationwide notoriety after she claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and accused him of paying her $130,000 in hush money during the 2016 election.

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