The political world’s most famous adult-film star strutted onto the stage at a Melville strip club in the wee hours Friday as Long Island fans, lookie-loos and media came out to see the woman who has been said to have had an affair with President Donald Trump.
Stephanie Clifford, who performs as Stormy Daniels, said in a brief interview shortly before she performed at Gossip that “it’s busier” since The Wall Street Journal reported last month she had been paid $130,000 for her silence during Trump’s 2016 campaign. She otherwise deflected questions on life after landing in the political spotlight.
Mark, a 52-year-old lawyer from Oceanside, who declined to give his last name for fear of antagonizing Trump supporters, happened to be at the club with his son when he found out Stormy Daniels would be performing.
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“Very exciting!” he said. “She’s been in the news.”
After Daniels’ appearance on stage, a man who gave his name as Gary, 30, of Melville, waited as she signed merchandise for fans. He said he supported both the president and Daniels, calling her “a 21st century Marilyn Monroe.”
But his reason for coming out was more practical.
The club, charging its normal $20 cover, was at less than capacity in the lead up to Daniels’ performance. In the smoke-filled club with pounding music, at least a dozen members of the media sipped waters or beers and seemed to disappoint performers offering dances, while a handful of patrons took seats at the stage or near the bar. As midnight approached, the club filled up until Daniels appeared, in a Little Red Riding Hood costume, the same shade of red as Make America Great Again hats, which was then discarded.