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Lawyer: Stormy Daniels' arrest at strip club was part of sting operation

Lawyer: Stormy Daniels' arrest at strip club was part of sting operation

Stormy Daniels can chalk this one up as a quickie - the charges from her Columbus, Ohio strip club arrest have already been dropped.

In a tweet, her lawyer Michael Avenatti announced Thursday that the charges had been "dismissed in their entirety" and thanked prosecutors for their "professionalism".

The actress, who has risen to widespread fame since alleging she had an affair with Trump, was performing at Sirens Gentlemen's Club in Columbus, lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted.

"We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing 'touching.' We will vehemently contest all charges", he wrote online.

He said that some patrons touched the 39-year-old in a "non-sexual way", but the police claims she violated state law, which prohibits anyone who is not a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer.

The case was dismissed on the grounds that Daniels has not regularly appeared at the strip club where she was performing. This was a setup & politically motivated.

"I think this is ridiculous, I think it's an absurd use of law enforcement resources", he said Thursday morning talking with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle.

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




Representatives for the Columbus Division of Police did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

"They placed undercover officers in the strip club where they hoped they would be able to arrest my client", Avenatti said in a phone call.

Avenatti also shared a statement from Stormy herself in which she apologized for not being able to go on with a scheduled show for Thursday night in Columbus.

Daniels has been embroiled in a legal controversy with Trump over their alleged 2006 encounter, which he has repeatedly denied.

Columbus police did not confirm Daniels' arrest to Fox News.

He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by the president.

Since signing the agreement, Daniels has repeatedly denied having sexual relations with Trump, however she gave an interview to InTouch magazine in 2011 detailing their alleged affair.