It’s the biggest story to hit the strip club industry in decades, as one of its own — feature entertainer and former ED’s Entertainer of the Year nominee Stormy Daniels — finds herself as a front-page headline following the reveal of her affair with Donald Trump
Name a news outlet — TV show, magazine, newspaper, website — and you’ve seen her name and photo on it some time in the past couple of weeks. But that’s what happens when it’s revealed that you had an alleged affair with the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, and were subsequently bribed to keep the affair a secret. Stormy Daniels has had her brushes with fame through the course of her near two-decade career in the adult nightclub and adult film industries. She explored the idea of running for the U.S. Senate in 2009 to represent her home state of Louisiana, which garnered her a great deal of mainstream attention. In 2005, she appeared as herself in a “dream sequence” for main character Andy (Steve Carell) in the now-classic comedy flick “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
Today, she’s the top headline across virtually every media platform. Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that a lawyer (reportedly Michael Cohen) representing Donald Trump offered to pay Stormy $130,000 to keep their affair (circa 2006) a secret—an offer which was made during Trump’s run to the presidency in October 2016. This revelation came from interviews Stormy had done back in 2016 with the popular online magazine Slate and its editor-in-chief Jacob Wiesberg. Part of the draft “settlement” (aka bribe) pact was published by Slate.
Of course, as a popular adult entertainer with a long history as a touring feature entertainer, adult nightclub owners have jumped at the opportunity to book Stormy Daniels at their clubs for what’s been dubbed the “Making America Horny Again” Tour. The tour’s first stop was last Saturday (January 20th) at the Trophy Club in Greenville, SC, a club owned by industry veteran Jay Levy. The club, not surprisingly, was packed to the walls with customers and media from around the world.
“I’m an old grandfather, and I seized an opportunity,” said Jay Levy, the owner of the Trophy Club, to the Washington Post. “I’m a liberal. I’m a big-time liberal. . . . I’m not here for the scandal. I’m here to make money off the biggest name in adult entertainment this week. Next week it’s liable to be someone else.”
As the Post article goes on to say, Levy saw Daniels in the Wall Street Journal and tried to catch lightning in a bottle. He called her agency, and within an hour the deal was done. It was the “biggest promotional coup” in Levy’s 22 years running the club, which he views as a family business.
The next club to capitalize on Stormy’s current fame was Little Darlings in Las Vegas, where she “appeared” (though did not dance) this past Saturday, January 27th, while the AVN show was in Vegas. Where will she be appearing next? Maybe at your club!