One Reason Why We Are Famous

Tawny Peaks helped put Diamond Dolls on the international map in 1996 with her now famous law suit where she was sued by Paul Shimkonis after he claimed she gave him whiplash during a bachelor party at Diamond Dolls. This case was decided by Judge Koch on The People's Court television show. You may read a few of the newspaper clips below.

From the St. Petersburg Times September 20, 1998
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Dancer in another legal tangle

By Jane Meinhardy and Janet Marshall Times Staff Writers

Tawny Peaks is ready for her 15 minutes of fame to be over. But Wednesday night, the police had other plans.

The exotic dancer who made international head-lines this year after she was accused of smacking a bachelor with her breasts was hauled off to jail after detectives raided a Clearwater club.

Peaks,whose real name is Michele Ann Laird, was charged with nudity in a establishment that serves alcohol. She was one of 13 dancers accused of illegally showing a part of their buttocks while undercover detectives watched at Diamond Dolls.

Peaks,28 called the charge "totally bogus, "saying her " whole butt was covered."

I believe (the police) just wanted to ride the publicity wave. Peaks said. "I had a feeling they were going to come because of how high-profile I am. It was horrible.

Sheriff's Sgt. Greg Tita said detectives had planned to conduct an undercover investigation at the club at 16361 U.S.19 N and decided it be an opportune time to do it when Peaks was performing. "We monitor all the clubs, but her being there made it stronger argument to go because there would be a substantial crowd." He said.

Peaks of Detroit, was taken to the Pinellas County Jail at 10:24 p.m. and released at 4:17 a.m. Thursday after one of Diamond Dolls owners paid her $25 bail. Peaks said she had never been in jail before. She also said she's finished with the stripping business. She hadn't performed in four months and doesn't plan to do it again after her contract with Diamond Dolls runs out. She said she is studying cosmetology and real estate in Michigan. "I've got two more weeks of work booked and then my career is over." Said Peaks mother of a 6-year-old son. "What a way to go out."

Tita said Peaks was one of the dancers at Diamond Dolls who detectives saw violate a county ordinance Wednesday night that prohibits dancers from exposing their "anal clefts" in an establishment that serves alcohol.

"They were doing dollar dances and wearing T-back dresses." Tita said. They were lifting the skirts and exposing themselves. They weren't all on stage, some were going table to table. That's where a lot of the violations took place."

Peaks, who boasts of 60HHH-24-35 measurements, became a celebrity of sort this summer when Seminole resident Paul Shimkonis sued Diamond Dolls claiming he suffered whiplash when she hit him with her breasts at his 1996 bachelor party. The lawsuit sought $15,000 for bodily injury, disability, mental anguish and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.

He told Newsweek magazine her breasts felt like "two cement blocks" when she knocked his head backwards.

The two settled their dispute on a segment of the syndicated TV show, The People's Court, filmed in July. The judge, former New York Mayor Ed Koch, decided her breasts were not hard enough to cause damage.

According to Tita undercover detective have made about 300 arrests since January for ordinance violations at various clubs.

Jim Dato, one of Diamond Dolls owners, insisted that the dancers did nothing illegal by wearing "Brazilian cut" outfits.

"These are not T-backs," he said. "None of the girls had illegal attire on and they shouldn't been arrested. It was pure and simple harassment. They knew we would have a big crowd because Tawny Peaks was here."

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