The owner of the San Francisco salon the place Nancy Pelosi had her hair finished fought back tears as she once more denied setting up the Home speaker, who she insisted needs to be the one to apologize to the American folks, in keeping with stories.
Erica Kious, owner of eSalon, on Monday launched a video of Pelosi strolling round her enterprise bare-faced, sparking prices of hypocrisy in gentle of the lawmaker’s frequent calls to take the coronavirus pandemic critically.
Kious has mentioned she rents out chairs to impartial stylists and claimed she didn’t leak the video for “political” causes.
“Hairstylists and different small enterprise house owners in San Francisco and elsewhere are doing what they should do to outlive,” Kious mentioned in a digital information convention Thursday night, ABC 7 reported.
“The purpose of releasing this video was to point out a girl in a high-risk age group who spends a lot of her time on TV warning in regards to the risks of COVID-19, really feel secure and comfy in a San Francisco salon, and might be accountable for being cautious and conscious,” Kious mentioned.
“Why can’t the remainder of San Francisco and the remainder of America try this too?” she added.
Kious claimed impartial stylist Jonathan Denardo made the preparations with Pelosi to go to the salon and that she was not concerned.
“I perceive Mrs. Pelosi says she was set up by me to come back into the salon and be filmed,” she mentioned, in keeping with the native CBS affiliate.
“After all, since I had no contact with Mrs. Pelosi or her crew for any of this and Jonathan is the one one they communicated with, if there was a setup, it solely might have been Jonathan who orchestrated it,” Kious continued.
“Actually, not solely did I not set her up, her assertion that she is a sufferer and set up is completely false and outrageous,” she added.
Kious mentioned that as impartial contractors, stylists are usually not required to ask her permission, including that she had obtained a textual content from Denardo that he had organized the appointment.
The owner defined that she determined to launch the footage when she noticed that Pelosi was not carrying a masks.
“I noticed that it’s absurd that she felt secure and will get to decide on to go to the salon whereas others are prevented by state and native restrictions from making the identical selection,” Kious mentioned.
“In different phrases, I would like salons to be open. I needed her go to to be proof that even she is aware of it’s secure to go to the salon,” she mentioned, including that the speaker was attempting to scapegoat and defame Denardo and herself along with her “lies.”
“For Speaker Pelosi to border herself as a sufferer below a complete false narrative whereas small companies and employees throughout California, the state she represents, endure and wrestle simply to outlive is past shameful,” Kious mentioned as she grew to become growing upset, in keeping with the CBS outlet.
Towards the tip of the press convention on Zoom, she obtained emotional and gave the impression to be close to tears.
When Kious was requested if she had launched pictures or footage of some other purchasers or if it was simply Pelosi, she replied, “Sure,” earlier than the convention was abruptly ended.
On Wednesday, Denardo launched a press release by way of his lawyer claiming Kious authorized Pelosi’s appointment and backed her assertion that the indoor salon go to was a setup.
Denardo additionally mentioned in a press release that Kious had additionally made “a number of vitriolic and incendiary feedback about Speaker Pelosi” about suspended operations on the enterprise — though these orders had been put in place by California Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
The stylist’s legal professional additionally mentioned his workplace was “in possession of pictures, movies and witness data that Ms. Kious, opposite to her prior statements to the press, has truly been working her enterprise through the stay-at-home orders and related government orders limiting in-store operations since as far back as April 2020.”
The assertion added: “Kious is seen in pictures and video footage styling numerous purchasers’ hair, ignoring social distancing pointers, and never carrying protecting tools (masks), as not too long ago as a number of days previous to Speaker Pelosi’s arrival at eSalon on August 31.”
Denardo’s legal professional advised ABC 7 that his consumer and all stylists on the salon have stop and eliminated their belongings, including that his workplace and Denardo have “been receiving reasonably regular dying threats.”
“He stands by his feedback however, once more, has nothing additional so as to add presently,” the lawyer mentioned.