Jennifer Aniston: Alleged Salon Scam ‘Not Cool’
First Published: August 19, 2010 9:44 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Jennifer Aniston said the fraud allegations against Beverly Hills beauty salon owner Maria Gabriela Perez are not shocking. “The Switch” actress said she cut ties with Perez years ago after she had “a situation” with her.
“I sort of got out of that world about five years ago,” Jen said Thursday on ABC’s “GMA,” during an interview with George Stephanopoulos. “Yeah, we had a situation that was not cool, so I sort of stopped going to her, paid the money and left.”
According to a statement released to Access Hollywood from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Perez, who owns Chez Gabriela Studio in Beverly Hills, Calif., is accused of running up hundreds of thousands of dollars in phony credit card charges from her celebrity clients. Some of Perez’s alleged victims include Melanie Griffith, Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler.
“I knew something like this would eventually happen because there’s no way you can get away with that,” Jen continued. “It’s terrible.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Perez was arrested by Secret Service agents on Wednesday at her salon in Beverly Hills, which she operates out of her home, although her website shows a Beverly Hills storefront as her place of business. Perez faces a maximum of 25 years in prison if convicted.
Perez’s attorney, Jerod Gunsberg, told the Associated Press that his client will be exonerated of all the charges.
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