After Ariana Grande was caught on camera licking doughnuts and proclaiming her hate for America, the pop star now faces the possibility of being criminally charged with cross contamination. Donutgate is getting all too real, you guys.
Ariana Grande, 22, must surely regret taking a tiny taste of those doughnuts at Lake Elsinore, CA’s Wolfee Donuts on July 4. Not only has she received much criticism from the entire Twitterverse (namely Hollywood hunk Rob Lowe) for her doughnut-licking indiscretion, Ari has infuriated the doughnut shop owner Joe Marin. Yep, he’s reportedly determined to get charges for cross contamination pressed against the “Problem” singer.
You’ve all seen the jaw-dropping video by now — the clip in which Ariana places her tongue on a few doughnuts before making the shocking admission: “I hate America.” The 22-year-old’s actions could potentially have grande-sized ramifications.
Wolfee Donuts head honcho Joe wants Ariana to pay for her odd — and TBH, downright rude — behavior, so he’s pushing for charges to be placed against her for cross contamination (aka, spreading her germs all over the business’ baked goods) alleges a new report on The Daily Mail.
Well, according to former federal prosecutor Raul Felder, this kind of punishment is definitely possible. “In every state it’s a violation of health code [that the store left those out] and the store could be in deep trouble. If [the licking] was willfully done with the idea of leaving it in a place where other people could take it is probably a criminal violation,” he tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “She could be fined and charged with violation of particular health codes.”
This latest development in Donutgate comes after the pastry store failed a health inspection on July 9 — falling a whole letter grade from an “A” to a “B” — cited for “customers licking doughnuts incorrectly placed on counter.” No names were named, but uh, we’re looking at you AG!
Clearly, Ariana knows she messed up. Hence, the lengthy statement she issued on July 8, 4 days after the incident occurred. While she didn’t necessarily say sorry for putting her tongue on the doughnuts, she made her best attempt to prove her patriotism — regardless of her anti-American remarks.
Ariana’s rep sent her apology to HollywoodLife and it reads:
“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I’ve always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words. As an advocate for healthy eating, food is very important to me and I sometimes get upset by how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health and society as a whole. The fact that the United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison we put in our bodies. We need to demand more from our food industry. However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better. As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recover I cannot attend the show. I hope to make it up to all those fans soon. That being said let me once again apologize if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words.”
HollywoodLifers — do YOU think Ariana should face charges for cross contamination after licking those doughnuts? Let us know your thoughts!
— Evan Real