New York State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV (D), who appears to have the best shot of defeating embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) in a primary later this month, says he has returned campaign cash he received from an ex-felon.  

According to the New York Daily News, Powell received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Konstantine Drakopoulos, the owner of a Bronx strip club called Sin City who pleaded guilty to insider trading eight years ago. 

Drakopoulos is now the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by dancers at the club he owns.

"I don't want to hear any more. Jesus Christ, that's quite a résumé," said Powell, who is running in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary against Rangel, the veteran congressman facing a House ethics trial. "I'm going to return the money. I want no part of anybody like that."

Still, Powell admitted he knew Drakopoulos earned his cash from the Bronx flesh palace.

"By the time I found out, the checks had long been cashed," Powell said from his East Harlem Assembly office.

Later, he said Drakopoulos invited him to Sin City when they met in March at a Manhattan fund-raiser — before the first check was inked.

"I honestly don't know [when I learned about the strip joint]," said Powell, back-pedaling. "I know he owns it. I haven't been there."

Powell has been calling for Rangel to resign his seat in Congress, arguing that his ongoing ethics troubles prevent him from being an effective representative for the district. 

Powell, the son of former Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (D), the man Rangel defeated to first win his congressional seat back in 1970, is one of four Rangel challengers. 

The longtime congressman still has strong support back in his home district and state and is widely expected to survive his primary challenge later this month.