UPDATE AS OF JULY 8: Ariana Grande has apologized Wednesday for saying she hates America at the Lake Elsinore doughtnut shop. While the singer hasn’t addressed the doughtnut-licking allegations, she said she loves America, and claims her words were taken out of context. READ MORE
LAKE ELSINORE (CBSLA.com) — The Internet is buzzing over reports that pop superstar Ariana Grande was captured on camera licking and spitting on doughnuts at a shop in western Riverside County.READ MORE: L.A. County Board Considers Expanding Mental Health Services For LGBTQ+ Jail Population
CBS2 obtained its own copy of the video from a source of the incident, which happened Saturday at Wolfee Donut Shop in the Canyon Hills Marketplace in Lake Elsinore.
“She was just like really rude to me,” said Mayra Solis, an employee of shop.
Solis says she can be seen in the video in a red shirt helping the girl believed to be Grande pick out $5 worth of doughnuts on July 4.
“She was just like, ‘I need a doughnut professional,’ and I was just like ‘OK.’ ” Solis said.
Then, as CBS2’s Crystal Cruz reports, the celebrity sighting turned strange.
Joe Marin, the owner of the store, says Grande and her male companion are seen doing something nasty to his powdered doughnuts.
“One of the trays, yeah, she was licking on them and the other trays, she spit on them,” he said.READ MORE: Ticketholders To Filipino Festival FAHMfest Find Empty Parking Lot In San Pedro
It is hard to make out what really happened on the video, which showed the woman lean down toward the doughnuts and then quickly look at her companion, who also leaned in toward the doughnuts. The girl who appears to be Grande is then seen jumping up and down and laughing.
Marin is concerned those powdered doughnuts Grande was seen hovering over were possibly sold to other customers.
“If you drop a doughnut, it needs to be in the trash and especially if you spit on it,” he explained.
Marin says the doughnuts on the counter were about to be put in the case by his employee when customers walked in.
Marin says he filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department.
“She licked two of them and she spit two. So that’s four doughnuts,” he said. “Why didn’t she take those? And I’m surprised she didn’t lick or spit on her doughnuts that she got.”
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Marin says Grande is welcome back to the store, but says they’ll make sure to put the doughnuts away in the case first.