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"Hef likes to control the girls," Weigel explains. "He couldn't control me."
Forget trying to get answers from the Playboy empire, says Tim Connelly, publisher of Adult Video News, the porn industry's paper of record. "They won't talk about it," he says. "[Playboy Enterprises] tried to get her not to do it. They did what they could to stop her. She was a centerfold. She was on Playboy's cover. Her going X-rated tainted their name."
"Who?" responded Playboy Enterprises spokesperson Jay Jay Nesheim when asked about Weigel's allegations. Nesheim would not provide further comment.
Despite alleged harassment from Playboy, the Deerfield Beach native has thrived in the porn business, becoming one of the best-known stars of the '90s even as she entered middle age. "She's still in the top 20," says Connelly, who estimates that Weigel makes more than $100,000 a year from the porn industry.
In her constant pursuit of additional paydays, Weigel has even exploited her home life, running a voyeur website that allows subscribers to watch her from 18 cameras set up throughout her Los Angeles house. In 2000, Playboy Enterprises sicced its attorneys on the porn starlet for using Playboy logos and images on her website (www.teriweigel.com).
As 11 p.m. approaches, Weigel stands up backstage and takes off her black teddy, exposing her expensive, balloon-like breasts and thin waistline. She then slips on a tight, zebra-striped tube top and white high heels. It's showtime.
"I came into this business because of Playboy," she explains. "There was no one who ever did adult, so I went from Playmate to immediate star. There was no starting at the bottom. Those other girls are adult stars. I'm a Playmate adult star. There's nobody like that but me."
Weigel walks out of her private dressing room, past Spearmint Rhino's hairdresser and makeup artist, as house dancers change next to lockers. She passes a security guard and ducks into an area stage right. The announcer comes over the microphone. The music starts, Saliva's "Click Click Boom."
The former Playmate dashes on stage. "Click!" the singer yells as Weigel pulls down her top to expose one breast. "Click!" Then comes the other breast. "Boom!"
It's a long way from the Playboy Mansion.