Jonathon DeNardo, the hairstylist who performed the controversial indoor service on August 31 for Nancy Pelosi, has released a statement that backs up the Speaker’s claim that she was set up by the salon owner as a political stunt.
The statement also refers to Mr. DeNardo’s attorney in possession of evidence of the salon owner, Erica Kious, operating her business during stay-at-home orders without safety measures, and encouraging stylists to be open for business at the salon.
DeNardo, 42, said that during his phone conversation with Kious in which he confirmed the appointment, Kious “made several vitriolic and incendiary comments about Speaker Pelosi.” On September 2, Pelosi said in a media conference that she fell for a setup. Pelosi said that she takes responsibility for falling for the setup but that the salon “owes [her] an apology.” Pelosi said, “I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to for years.”
Salon owner Kious appeared on Fox News after Pelosi’s statement and told Tucker Carlson, “There was no way I could’ve set that up. 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 and set her up. So that is absolutely false.”
Online records show the salon’s license expired on May 31.