Police: Stormy Daniels' arrest part of long-term investigation

Stormy Daniels escorted by Columbus Police after her arrest (WBNS-10TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Authorities say the arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels was part of a long-term investigation into adult clubs.

Columbus police say they learned of illegal activity at city adult clubs last fall.

Police said Thursday they've made numerous arrests under a law regarding illegal sexually oriented activity in a sexually oriented business. They didn't immediately provide the number of arrests.

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Michael Avenatti is an attorney representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. He says he's skeptical of the police account, saying the intent of the undercover officers "did not appear to be to look for victims of human trafficking or prostitutes."

Police say two other women were arrested along with Daniels early Wednesday. They identified them as Miranda Panda of Marion, Ohio, and Brittany Walters of Pickerington

Charges against Daniels were later dismissed by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office.