San Francisco Salon To Close For Good After Pelosi Backlash

The salon owner at the center of Nancy Pelosi’s haircut controversy said she’s closing her San Francisco location permanently following backlash over the highly-publicized incident.

eSalon’s Erica Kious told Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday she’s "afraid to go back (to San Francisco)...it’s a little scary and sad."

"I do have a lot of positive calls and text messages from clients," Kious said of the national reaction. "But other than that, nothing but negativity." 

She added the "negativity" she’s received has been in the form of phone calls, text messages, emails and Yelp reviews for her business on Union St. in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood.

Kious said she’s lived in San Francisco for the last 15 years.

A GoFundMe campaign created for her has raised over $336,000 to date.

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a Day of Action For the Children event at Mission Education Center Elementary School on September 02, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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Controversy erupted when surveillance footage of Pelosi inside the salon was leaked to Fox News. It showed the San Francisco politician getting a haircut and blow dry without a mask at a time when all salons in the city were supposed to be closed for inside services due to COVID-19 restrictions ordered by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

At the time, Kious blasted Pelosi over the visit, saying 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."

Pelosi fired back, calling the appointment "a setup," suggesting Kious allowed her to come in for a haircut knowing she would then leak the footage to media outlets.

The incident quickly turned into a war of words, with Pelosi’s stylist, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and lawyers getting involved. Even White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany poked fun at the House Speaker in a press briefing last week.

President Donald Trump also weighed in on Twitter.

Kious reportedly owns two other salons outside of San Francisco.

See Kious’ interview with Tucker Carlson below.