No politics, just porn star Stormy Daniels at West Palm strip club


Stormy Daniels, the most politically relevant porn star in America, drew a crowd of curious patrons to a West Palm Beach strip club Friday night — husbands and wives, political junkies, celebrity hounds and others who found their attendance a delicate matter that might be better kept quiet.

“This is just a spur-of-the-moment decision,” said John Powell, 63, of Lake Worth, who sat inside Ultra Gentleman’s Club with his sister-in-law, Heidi Pell. “I’ve got to be in church tomorrow morning.”

For Linda Cullen, a West Palm Beach real estate agent, the decision to come was easy.

“It’s one of those events in your own backyard that you can’t miss,” Cullen said.

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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is performing four shows this weekend at Ultra, which is practically in President Donald Trump’s back yard. The club is across the street from the Trump International Golf Club and a few miles from Mar-a-Lago.

“She’s got a right to do what she does and Trump is trying to squash her,”said Richard Brown, 65, of West Palm Beach. “I’m here to support her.”

A month before the presidential election, Daniels accepted a $130,000 payment from then-candidate Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen. The money was alleged to have bought her silence for a brief sexual relationship she had with Trump in 2006. Instead, it apparently led to an FBI raid on Cohen’s office and home earlier this week, and threatens to be a deepening problem for the president.

But the politics wasn’t what made Todd Verma, 40, drive 90 miles from his Lake Placid home to see the show, then drive back home in the wee hours of the morning after it was done. He just wanted to see Stormy Daniels up close.

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So in addition to the $25 cover, he paid an extra $50 to sit in one of the chairs that bordered the rectangular stage. And he was rewarded when Daniels leaned over the edge of the stage during her performance and buried his head in her bare chest.

“It was definitely one moment for my own personal history,” Verma later said.

If anybody arrived with the idea that Daniels would do a demure peek-a-boo burlesque-type show, that assumption was shattered very quickly in her brisk and spirited 13-minute performance. She took the stage shrouded in a concealing Little Red Riding Hood outfit. But it didn’t take her long to run out of clothing to remove as she egged on patrons with smiles and jiggles, inciting them to rain greenbacks on her and the stage.

And they did. So much so, after her performance the cash had to be raked like autumn leaves from the stage. And that didn’t include the two $100 bills deposited in her cleavage by men who bought T-shirts that Stormy used briefly in her act — in ways that might otherwise require immediate washing.

Much of her act wasn’t dancing, but parading around the perimeter while allowing men and women to put their money-holding hands on her. This was amped up even further during the second half of her show when she covered herself in sticky lotion, then moved around the stage, working up spectators into a frenzy as they leaned in to papier mache her with cash on the body parts of their choosing.

And somehow, she seemed to be joyful about it. As if it was just a lot of fun. Stormy’s got game.

While she was all smiles, her two stone-faced bodyguards patrolled the perimeter with flashlights, ready to shoot a blinding beam at any spectator seen raising a phone camera in her direction.

If you wanted a photo of Daniels, you had to line up after the show, where she would graciously pose for photos with club customers once they handed over $20 to one of her bodyguards.

Was it all worth it?

“She’s a beautiful lady who puts on a great show,” Brown said. “My wife dropped me off tonight, and now she’s going to pick me up. It’s a great evening.”



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