The Storm continues.
The Abbey has struggled for quite a while now to curb thefts of cellphones by strangers from its inebriated customers.
However, the cellphone collectors on Wednesday night have been identified. They were members of the security detail of porn actress Stormy Daniels, who, by the way, left without paying their bill.
David Cooley, owner of the famous bar and restaurant, posted a complaint about that on Facebook and asked that any customer who had his or her cellphone confiscated call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station to report it.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to see Stormy Daniels last night,” Cooley wrote. “We were so excited to host her as we know many of you were. Stormy was a delightful guest and we would have her back any time. Her security detail was a disaster.
“They were rude to many of our guests, they were aggressive with several of our staff, they were shoving press outside and being generally rude. They also walked out on their bill and didn’t tip their server. This is not the behavior that we tolerate at The Abbey.
“We’ve heard from many of you that they were taking your cell phones away. If your cell phone was taken by her security detail, please file a report with the West Hollywood Sheriffs immediately.”
Daniels and her very large security staffers dropped by the Abbey for several hours on Wednesday night after Daniels (nee Stephanie Clifford) had finished peddling her t-shirts at Chi Chi LaRue’s, the erotic apparel store on Santa Monica Boulevard.
That event, for which dozens of people stood in line on the sidewalk outside, was preceded by Mayor John Duran’s proclamation of “Stormy Daniels Day” at 4 p.m., which drew a large number of TV crews.