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Police say they made an 'error' in arresting Stormy Daniels

AP  |  Columbus (US) 

Prosecutors have dropped charges against just hours after the porn star was arrested and accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a performance at an strip club.

Her said she was "set up" in a police sting operation, calling it an "absurd use of enforcement resources." Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations.

The 39-year-old adult film star who claims to have had sex with was charged with three misdemeanours, each punishable by up to six months in jail and a USD 1,000 fine. She was released on USD 6,000 bail around daybreak yesterday.

By early afternoon, prosecutors said they were dropping the case because Ohio's against physical contact between strippers and customers applies only to someone who "regularly" performs at a club. In Daniels' case, it was her first appearance at Sirens in

police said that "element of the was missed in error". "A mistake was made and I accept full responsibility," she said.

Officers were well within their area of responsibility when making the arrests, she added. But she said the officers' motivations will be reviewed internally. Without providing details, she said unsubstantiated allegations about their motivations were circulating on

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted Daniels "refuses to be intimidated" and would "return to the scene of the 'no crime'" and perform again last night at the club.

Police said Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, smacked the faces of two female officers and one male with her bare breasts during the Wednesday night show. Officers knocked on the door of her tour bus after the performance and took her into custody in an arrest that Avenatti said left her "traumatised and rattled." She was booked under a 10-year-old known as the Community Defense Act that says dancers at "sexually oriented" businesses are prohibited from touching customers and vice versa.

Police said two other dancers were arrested along with Daniels. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue charges against those women.

Police said Daniels' arrest was part of a long-term human trafficking investigation of adult clubs. They said they have made numerous arrests under the but did not immediately provide a number. The police department "engages in these operations routinely," said

records show 23 similar cases this year including the charges against Daniels 14 last year and six in 2016. A person who answered the phone at the strip club declined to comment.

Daniels has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, when he was married. Trump has denied it. Before the election, she was paid USD 130,000 to stay silent in a deal handled by Trump's personal She is now suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 03:10 IST