House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught on security camera footage at eSalon SF, which is owned by Erica Kious.
The footage showed a maskless Pelosi with wet hair walking ahead of a stylist who wore a mask, according to Western Journal.
Pelosi was violating rules as she wasn’t wearing a face covering. Moreover, in the state of California, salons have been banned from operating since the state’s lockdown was imposed in March.
Pelosi then reportedly argued that her visit for a wash and blowout was perfectly appropriate. Pelosi blamed the salon for making her look bad. Pelosi even said the video of her eschewing the rules during a salon visit was a “setup.”
“This salon owes me an apology,” Pelosi said Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“It was clearly a setup,” she said. “I take responsibility for falling for a setup by a neighborhood salon I’ve gone to for many years.”
The salon owner Erica Kious denied the allegations of the “setup.”
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“She had called the stylist, or her assistant did, and made the appointment,” Kious told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
“So the appointment was already booked. So there was no way I could have set that up. And I’ve had a camera system in there for five years. I mean, I didn’t go in there and turn cameras on as soon as she walked in to set her up. So that is absolutely false.”
The salon owner responded to Pelosi’s claim that salons could see customers one-on-one: “I heard that and I thought to myself, ‘Well, as a hairstylist, I see clients one-on-one. So, that would mean that I would be open, right?’” Kious said.
Kious said Pelosi’s attack was “hurtful” and that her business has been closed. She added that her business is “pretty much done.”
“We’ve lost at least 60 percent of our clients. I’ve lost the majority of my staff,” she said. “Six months is a long time to be closed down.”
“She’s been coming in for quite a while, and just to see her come in, and especially not wearing the mask, that’s what really got to me,” she said.
“This isn’t even political,” Kious said. “I mean, she’s been coming in there. It’s the fact that she actually came in and didn’t have a mask on. And I just thought about my staff and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families.
“If she’s in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, then why are we shut down? Why am I not able to have clients come in?”
“Since this happened, I have received nothing but hate text messages, death threats, [saying that] they’re going to burn my hair salon down,” she said. “My Yelp page is just unbelievable with bad reviews.
“It’s just sad that my community is pulling this. They’re saying that I threw her under the bus when I didn’t,” Kious said. “So that’s hurtful, but yeah, I think I’m pretty much done now.”