A drunk patron at Stars Cabaret in Bend threw his wallet at alleged presidential mistress Stormy Daniels in the middle of her much-anticipated strip show Thursday night, cutting short her performance.

Daniels, the 39-year-old porn star at the center of a Trump administration scandal involving a $130,000 hush money payoff, was dancing to Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” with nothing but high heels and a garter on her right leg when she was hit in the face with the wallet. Shocked, she ran off the stage after throwing the wallet back at the man. The crowd booed as an announcer said the show had to be stopped.

Daniels was not hurt, but Bend police arrived and interviewed the patron outside the club.

“I was being wasted,” the unnamed patron told police. Daniels refused to press charges, and the man was let go, free to walk home.

“I think she is a really nice person,” the man said. “I am extremely sorry.”

As Daniels’ show, delayed by hours because her luggage was lost by an airline, approached well after midnight, the club remained crowded.

She finally took the stage shortly after 1 a.m. dressed in a patriotic bustier and long red skirt that flowed down to her high heels. The crowd yelled, “We love you Stormy,” as she pranced around the stripper pole to Lenny Kravitz’s cover of “American Woman.”

As Daniels removed items of clothing and dropped to the floor, the crowd chanted, “Stormy, Stormy, Stormy.” But as she stood up to keep dancing, the drunk man threw his wallet.

More than a hundred people had shown up to see the President of the United States’ alleged former mistress perform on stage. The show was promoted as meeting history in person. For better or worse.

Katya Toporkova, 29, arrived early with friends Emily Juno, 24, and Holly Landrum, 25. The women, who are all from Bend, said it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up.

“The owner of this club called it making history,” Toporkova said. “We are going to see the woman who had sex with our president.”

Daniels, a porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is at the center of a scandal of presidential proportions, having received a $130,000 payoff to keep quiet about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump. She stopped in Bend as part of her nationwide Make America Horny Again tour.

Her performance Thursday was the first of an Oregon leg that also includes stops in Salem on Friday and Tualatin on Saturday.

The cost of seeing a bit of history in Bend was a $20 cover charge, but seats were reserved closer to the stage for an additional $15 to $25.

The crowd trickled in, greeted by a large banner of Daniels and a slightly smaller cardboard cutout of Trump. The porn star and the president were a popular backdrop for selfie-seeking customers. One woman said seeing Daniels was on her bucket list.

Other customers showed off their politics: One man wore a hat that read “Make America Great Again” while another man wore a T-shirt that read “Elect a Clown, get a circus.”

Jeff Swanson of Bend arrived wearing a large cowboy hat and a woman on each arm — one was his wife — and said the only reason he was here was to see the president’s girlfriend from 12 years ago.

“I am going into this with a full sense of humor,” he said.

Daniels had performed in Bend once before, at Stars Cabaret in November 2008. The show did not have the same fanfare, even for Stars Cabaret co-owner Randy Kaiser.

“Quite honestly, I didn’t remember,” Kaiser said. “I have no recollection of her being here.”

Daniels entered the national spotlight in January, when a Wall Street Journal report revealed Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid the adult film star $130,000 just before the 2016 election to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.

Cohen said in February, the hush money was paid out of his own pocket.

But new reports show the president repaid the money, opening up concerns that the payment violated campaign finance laws.

Daniels planned to give a single 15-minute performance late Thursday night, having canceled an earlier show because her luggage was lost on her flight to Central Oregon.

She arrived at the club about 9:20 p.m. and was hustled through a back entrance by two bodyguards, one of them former Dallas Cowboy Travis Miller.

Inside, as the crowd waited for the most famous woman in porn and politics, Daniels set up a meet-and-greet for fans willing to drop $20 to have a photo taken with the star. She sold T-shirts that read “#TeamStormy” and DVDs of her adult movies. One woman had Daniels sign a pair of panties.

Daniels thanked everyone who showed up, including Kristi Folliard and Autumn Spence, who were over the moon about the experience. Daniels signed Folliard’s shirt “XOXO” and wrote “Stormy was here” on Spence’s shirt, then drew an arrow pointing south.

They asked Daniels if they could pose on either side of her, each one kissing the porn star on the cheek. They didn’t think she would say yes, but they have the photo to prove she did.

“We are here to support her,” Folliard said, “and say thank you.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7820, kspurr@bendbulletin.com

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