Charges against Stormy Daniels following an OH strip club arrest were dropped on Thursday (July 12) after her lawyer slammed a "politically motivated" setup against the adult film star suing US President Donald Trump. Daniels was charged with three misdemeanor sex offenses for touching undercover police officers during her routine, and her attorney had some...interesting insight into their, shall we say, "investigation" of his client.
According to the report, Daniels held the faces of a female and male officer between her breast when they approached the stage.
Avenatti on Twitter cited an official statement from Daniels saying that because of her arrest Thursday night's performance was canceled.
Avenatti later added that Stormy Daniels "will issue a plea of "Not Guilty" to the three misdemeanor charges". "We will vehemently contest all charges". "It reeks of desperation", his tweet said.
Daniels' arraignment is scheduled for Friday at Ohio's Franklin County Municipal Court.
But she said the officers' motivations will be reviewed internally.
Messages were left with the Columbus city prosecutor's office seeking comment. "#SetUp #Basta", Avenatti said in a second tweet.More news: Doug Jones among Democrats facing pressure from Supreme Court ad campaigns
Avenatti said that undercover vice officers arrested Daniels after she was touched by the customer.
United States media tweeted a mugshot of Ms Daniels, purportedly from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Columbus.
"It was an absurd use of law enforcement resources", Avenatti said.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that the law, in effect since 2007, is seldom enforced. Avenatti successfully argued Daniels "has not appeared consistently and repeatedly at Sirens", according to prosecutors. "I deeply apologize to my fans in Columbus", she said. The strip club where she reportedly performed, called Sirens, also declined to comment when asked about the matter.
She is trying to free herself from a non-disclosure agreement signed before the election, and suing over a "defamatory" tweet by the United States president earlier this year.
Trump forcefully denied the affair.
Earlier this week, Daniels performed in Washington minutes before President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination. She is suing Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to void a hush agreement she says she signed during the 2016 presidential campaign.