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Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

An ad on a television inside the Tampa strip club Thee Doll House advertises the appearance Friday and Saturday by adult entertainer Stormy Daniels - real name Stephanie Clifford - who had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump at a casino hotel in Lake Tahoe in 2006. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL | Times]
Published Feb. 22, 2018

TAMPA — Well, that was fast.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels made her first appearance at Thee Dollhouse on Friday evening, the first of several shows planned this weekend at the Tampa strip club.

She took the stage about 7 p.m. dressed in a pink, floor-length gown.

She was wearing considerably less by the end of her performance, just a white feather boa and a single item of underwear.

She did not use the pole.

After about 10 minutes, Stephanie Clifford, as she's legally known, departed the stage to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

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That's why Clifford was at Thee Dollhouse, after all, to take advantage of the notoriety from her reported affair with Donald Trump — which is also why the strip club booked her.

"That was quick," said Pete, who would only identify himself as a 69-year-old retiree from New Jersey. "I guess it's all about the money. It was really raining on her. But she is beautiful though."

He meant it was raining dollar bills from the crowd. A security guard scooped them up, the cash filling about half a bucket.

Others were less generous in assessing Clifford's show.

"The show was boring and outdated," said a dancer who declined to identify herself.

A reporter counted about 60 people in the audience for the matinee. Management said more than 100 people attended the first show. The club was about half-full.

Clifford's visit to Tampa comes as her purported relationship with Trump before he was president took a new turn this week. Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, said he paid $130,000 to Clifford during the 2016 presidential campaign in a settlement that barred her from discussing the encounter.

But by disclosing that, Clifford's manager said the performer need no longer obey the nondisclosure agreement that prevented her from talking about the purported affair she had with Trump at a Lake Tahoe casino hotel in 2006.

That's why Thee Dollhouse general manager Warren Colazzo booked Clifford's "Make America Horny Again" tour.

"Timing is everything," he told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week. The club even had about 800 red hats that say "Make Thee Dollhouse Great Again" made to sell for $20 apiece.

And speaking of timing: The New Yorker magazine published a report Friday that former Playboy Playmate and model Karen McDougal had a nine-month affair with Trump from 2006-07.

The White House has denied the allegations of both affairs.

Politics is what brought Sean Davis, 47, of Valrico to the show. He said he does not like the president and did not come to the strip club for the adult entertainment.

"I really didn't want to see her dance," he said. "I was hoping she would just sit on stage and spill the beans about Trump."

He paid $20 to pose for a photo with Clifford and shared it with the Times.

There were others, however, who just wanted to go to a strip club.

A man who would only identify himself as "David," for example, who said he is a 55-year-old business owner, said he didn't even know the performer known as Stormy would be there.

"If I was her, though," he said, "I would bring a blowup Trump on stage."

He said he did not vote in 2016.

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