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The operators of Goldfinger Gentleman’s Club filed a lawsuit Monday claiming Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels, breached a contract by failing to perform for two nights in December.
“We felt that Ms. Clifford breached her contract with Goldfinger by failing to perform and we are availing ourselves of all remedies under the contract,” said attorney Louis J. Terminello with Greeenspoon Marder, which is representing Goldfinger.
In December, Daniels said she was not going to appear because Goldfinger’s owner called her assistant an anti-gay slur.
In a social media post on the day the performance was supposed to take place, Daniels wrote: “Sorry everyone who was planning to see me at Goldfinger’s tonight but I will not be performing. The owner called my assistant an [expletive] after I refused to do something not in my contract. This abuse will not be tolerated.”
An image on one post contained her with her middle finger extended.
After the lawsuit was filed, Terminello said he had no comment on Daniels’ allegation.
NBC 6 obtained a copy of the contract between Goldfinger and Daniels that shows she was to receive $6,800 in pay and travel expenses, including security and lodging in a five-star hotel. The contract also required her to promote the appearances on her social media accounts in which she has thousands of followers.
Daniels became a household name in 2018 after she claimed she had sex with now-President Donald Trump in 2016.
She later sued to break a non-disclosure agreement she signed before the 2016 election that was part of a settlement in which she was reportedly paid $130,000.
Trump has denied the affair but acknowledged a payment was made. The president’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, told Congress and prosecutors he funneled money to Daniels in an attempt to silence her about the affair weeks before the 2016 election.
The contract with Goldfinger called for Daniels to pay the strip club $10,000 if she willfully failed to appear.
Terminello told us there was significant marketing that Goldfinger invested in her appearance.
A social media post from a man inside the club said the place went crazy when it was announced she wasn’t going to perform.
Late afternoon Monday, NBC 6 contacted Michael Avenatti, the California-based attorney who has represented Daniels, and contacted Daniels through social media.
Avenatti said he would not provide a comment. Daniels has not yet replied.