It’s a bust!
Stormy Daniels abruptly canceled her scheduled appearance Thursday night at the Lace Gentlemen’s Club in Wayne, citing security concerns.
An announcement was posted at about 3:45 p.m. on the website for Lace. Her widely anticipated appearance came the same week when both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will also be in New Jersey.
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti told the Lace manager that Thursday’s two appearances were canceled due to “unspecified security concerns.”
“We were forced to cancel her appearance due to a security issue,” Avenatti said in a phone call to The Record. “I’m not at liberty to get into the details about this. It’s regrettable. But we had to do this, and she will make it up to her fans.”
The call from Avenatti to cancel the event came at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, said the manager of Lace, who declined to be identified. The last-minute decision came as a surprise, said the manager, who said Daniels and her security team had arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport at 1 p.m., as scheduled.
The club had spent thousands of dollars on billboards and social media ads to promote the show, the manager said, as well as additional alcohol. The club’s expenses also included hotel rooms and airline flights for Daniels and her security guards.
“It’s insane to call me at 3:40 in the afternoon, just a few hours before the show,” the manager said. “That’s unfair.”
Daniels was expected to perform two shows Thursday, one at around 10:30 p.m. and another at 1 a.m. on Friday Two days before the event, the shows were not sold out and tickets remained available for $25 apiece, according to an announcement over the club’s speakers on Tuesday evening.
And yet the club sold “thousands” of tickets for the evening, the manager said. Ticketholders may contact the club to receive a refund, he said, or wait to see whether the event is rescheduled.
Lace offered 40 percent off for customers who purchased tickets for the event and still came Thursday.
One man who did not give his name arrived at Lace at about 7:40 p.m. and said he was somewhat relieved Daniels canceled her appearance. The man said he visits the club occasionally and appreciates the more casual atmosphere.
“It’s overblown,” he said of Daniels’ planned appearance.
Roy from Hasbrouck Heights said he was looking forward to seeing Daniels. He was surprised to see a quiet parking lot when he arrived shortly before 8 p.m.
“I was expecting traffic all down Route 46,” Roy said.
He had told his friends to come join him to see Daniels.
“I said Thursday a storm’s coming,” Roy recalled telling his friends.
He said he’s known Lace for 25 years but it’s been a long time since he’s visited. Roy said he’ll attend if Daniels rescheduled.
“I think she’s a beautiful woman,” Roy said, “and she has every right to be doing what she’s doing.”
More guests arrived once the sun went down but plenty of parking remained in the lot.
A truck delivering alcohol stopped at Lace at about 8 p.m.
Some guests entering the club wore New York Giants shirts as the team’s first preseason game aired.
Three men paused before entering to take a selfie together on front of the poster advertising Daniels’ appearance.
Despite the extenuating circumstances surrounding the night the trio kept their goal simple.
“We just want to have a beer,” one of the men said.
Fortunately for one guest who arrived at 8:30 p.m., he had already heard Daniels would not be there.
The customer, who did not give his name, said he wanted to attend based on Daniels’ looks rather than her politics.
“I guess she can’t take any chances,” he said of the cancellation.
The guest hadn’t visited Lace since November but said he would consider returning if Daniels reschedules.
The club has deals with porn stars aside from Daniels, too. Dani Daniels, no relation, is scheduled to appear in late September.