Adult film actress Stormy Daniels - one of US President Donald Trump's most famous legal sparring partners - has been arrested while performing at a strip club, according to her lawyer who called the incident in OH "politically motivated" and a "set-up".
Her attorney said Daniels is accused of quote "allowing a customer to touch her while on stage in a non-sexual manner". As soon as Daniels moved away from the officers, he exited the club and requested the assistance of patrol to arrest Daniels and two others.
Avenatti had earlier said on Twitter said, "This was a setup & politically motivated".
After posting bail and pleading not guilty on the charges, the charges against Daniels were dismissed Thursday afternoon. "We also expect that she will be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing "touching".
"They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? We will fight all bogus charges", Avenatti said on Twitter.
The Ohio strip club law prohibiting the touching of dancers, the Community Defense Act, was proposed by a Cincinnati-based conservative religious organization and approved in 2007.
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.
Daniels has canceled the rest of her live engagements until the matter is settled.
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.
An Ohio strip club law prohibits all patrons from touching a nude or seminude dancer unless the patrons are members of the dancer's immediate family. Police documents show that Stormy touched Prather's butt and breasts and then put her own breasts in Prather's face. Avenatti tweeted. "Are you kidding me?"
The Columbus Dispatch reported a year ago that the 2007 law, introduced by a conservative religious group, was seldom enforced.
A spokesman for the Franklin County Sheriff's office could find no instances in which the 2007 law had been used, he told the Dispatch. He was married to Melania Trump at the time and has denied Daniel's claim. Trump has forcefully denied the affair.
Cohen paid Daniels $130,000, just days before the 2016 election, in exchange for her silence.