Stormy Daniels: If I didn't think Avenatti was doing a good job I'd fire him
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Adult-film star Stormy Daniels praised her attorney Michael Avenatti in an interview this week, likening the firebrand lawyer to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo working on the Sistine Chapel.

Daniels defended Avenatti's handling of her defamation claims against the president and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, in an interview published this week in The New York Times. Daniels told the outlet, "if I didn’t think Michael was doing a good job, I would fire his ass.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to void a nondisclosure agreement she signed with Cohen over a hush-money deal involving a payment meant to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

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“I’ll put it this way,” Daniels said. “People forced to play defense tend to get sloppy, they tend to make mistakes."

"[But] every time I watch him work, I think, This is what it must have been like to see the Sistine Chapel being painted. But instead of paint, Michael uses the tears of his enemies," Daniels added, praising him for his social media strategy and frequent cable news interviews.

Her statement comes days after she was arrested at an Ohio strip club by undercover law enforcement officers who accused the adult film actress of three counts of illegally touching a patron.

The charges were dropped by local prosecutors hours later, according to Avenatti, who announced his client's victory on Twitter.

"I am pleased to report that the charges against my client @stormydaniels have been dismissed in their entirety (below motion was just granted). I want to thank Joe Gibson & his colleagues at the prosecutors ofc for their professionalism starting with our first call early this am," he wrote.

Avenatti had previously blasted the charges as "politically motivated," suggesting that support for the White House had been involved in the officers' decisions.  

"This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges," he said.