Pelosi controversy: Fundraising campaign for salon owner raises almost $200K in 24 hours

by Bryan Brammer · Sep 4th, 2020 3:56 pm

Last Updated Sep 6th, 2020 at 2:54 pm

A GoFundMe campaign created for San Francisco hair salon owner Erica Kious, whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed "set her up," has raked in nearly $200,000 in 24 hours.

The fundraising page for Kious launched Thursday with a goal of $300,000.

"Erica Kious, a single mother of two and owner of eSalon, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got her hair done on Monday, is now being forced to shut down and relocate her business and family due to outrage and threats she is receiving," the campaign page reads. "All donations will go directly to Erica to pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down, expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location."

The salon controversy began Tuesday after Fox News reported that Pelosi had visited Kious's shuttered hair parlor Monday afternoon for a "wash and blow-out" despite local restrictions that kept salons closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

In security footage, a maskless Pelosi can be seen walking through the salon, followed by a stylist who was wearing a black face mask.

Pelosi claims she was "set up" and that Kious owed her "an apology."

Kious rebuffed the accusation, calling it "absolutely false."

"There was no way I could've set that up," Kious said. "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."


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