Avenatti, who has been a familiar face on United States cable TV since becoming Daniels' attorney, claimed Daniels performed the same act at Sirens that she had performed at almost 100 strip clubs across the US.
Charging documents say Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested for touching a patron at a "sexually oriented" business in violation of the law commonly known as the Community Defense Act. According to police docs, Stormy put both hands on Officer Mary Praither's butt and breasts, and then put her breasts in the officer's face.
Photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office shows porn actress Stormy Daniels. When they subsequently approached her, she allegedly did the same to two of the detectives, while reportedly touching the third officer as detailed above. He later said Daniels is expected to be released on bail and charged with a misdemeanor for allowing touching. But less than 12 hours later, the California lawyer said in another tweet that all charges against Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, had been dropped.
Daniels was arrested Thursday morning after she was accused of squeezing patrons' and undercover police officers' faces between her bare breasts at Sirens Gentlemen's Club in Columbus.
Avenatti tells NBC News his understanding is that there were several undercover vice officers in the club. Police said they routinely conduct such undercover operations. "There has to be higher priorities".
Avenatti said it was "ridiculous" that Columbus Police forced Daniels on a perp walk for the cameras at Jackson Pike Correctional Facility and police could instead focus on Columbus's skyrocketing murder rate. "Are you kidding me?"
Before the charges were dropped, Avenatti said in a tweet that the arrest was "a setup & politically motivated" and "reeks of desperation".
He added, "They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this?" Trump has denied the accusation.
A person who answered the phone at Sirens declined to comment. Before the election, she was paid $130,000 to stay silent in a deal handled by Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.