The owner of Chez Gabriela Studio was arrested on Wednesday for charges of stealing credit card information from Jennifer Aniston along with other Hollywood beauties like Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler. The Beverly Hills Salon owner is being accused of scamming the stars by running charges of tens of thousands of fraudulent payments on their accounts.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles stated that 51 year old salon owner Maria Gabriella Perez, has made at least $280,000 unlawful charges in a one-year period.
Aniston was one of several stars that noticed these unauthorized charges on her credit card statements.
Perez is charged with two counts of fraud and faces a maximum 25 years in prison if convicted. She was arrested without incident at her Beverly Hills salon and was due to appear in federal court in Los Angeles.
Although we sympathize with Greek-American Jennifer Aniston for being victim of such a scam; it is no excuse for public use of the word retard! In a recent TV interview on Live with Regis and Kelly, Aniston was speaking about dressing up as Barbara Streisand for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar when she made the offensive remark. “You’re playing dress up!” Regis told her. She replied, “Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!”
UsMagazine.com reports comments by Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc (a nonprofit advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities), who said it was “extraordinarily offensive and inappropriate.”
“Frankly, someone in her position ought to know better,” Berns continues to tell Us. “She is using language that is offensive to a large segment of the population in this country. We estimate that there are probably in excess of 5 million people in the country with intellectual disabilities, and when you think about all of them, their family members and friends, you’re talking about tens of millions of people who find the use of that term to be really offensive. Every time folks hear that word, it kind of reminds them of all the discrimination and oppression they’ve experienced in their lives. Even if it wasn’t intended to insult them, that is the effect of it.”
We are sure she didn’t mean it. She is still our favorite Greek-American sweetheart!
Check out Jen’s slip up on live TV