After a scandal involving House Speak Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco based eSalon may be closing its doors for good. Owner Erica Kious said she fears for her well being and safety after receiving multiple death threats.
Kious spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about her fear to do business in the city. She said she’s received “tons of phone calls, text messages [and] emails.” Due to the negativity and people hoping she “goes under,” Kious is closing down the salon.
“I’m actually afraid to go back just because of the messages and emails that I’ve been getting,” she said. “It’s a little scary and sad.”
Pelosi made national headlines last week. A video surfaced showing Pelosi have her haired styled at the salon without a mask. The California Department of Public Health require people to wear face masks in public indoor places. Beauty parlors in San Francisco weren’t allowed to reopen until Sept. 1, the day after Pelosi’s hair treatment.
Nancy Pelosi claims the salon owner set her up.
Pelosi claimed the salon set her up. Her representatives said she had followed the establishment’s rules as presented by her stylist Jonathan DeNardo.
Kious denied Pelosi’s allegations that she had set the house speaker up. She said she had the camera system in her salon for the past five years and didn’t intentionally record Pelosi. The salon owner also criticized Pelosi for hypocritical behavior amid the pandemic.
“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” Kious told Fox News.
Since then, a representative for the stylist DeNardo confirmed Pelosi’s allegation that she was set up. He also questioned the salon owner’s political leanings.
“Kious is now objecting to Speaker Pelosi’s presence at eSalon, and from a simple surface-level review of Ms Kious’ political leanings, it appears Ms. Kious is furthering a setup of Speaker Pelosi for her own vain aspirations,” Matthew Soleimanpour, DeNardo’s lawyer said in a statement. “Mr. DeNardo’s name has now been dragged through the mud for simply following Ms. Kious’ recommendations.”
The lawyer said the salon had styled other clients and ignored social distancing guidelines in the days leading up to Pelosi’s appointment.
[H/T: Daily Mail]