Marcella Zoia: Instagram star charged after video shows her throwing two chairs off the 45th floor balcony of a Toronto building.
Viral video shot from the apartment balcony (see below) showed Marcella Zoia throwing one of the chairs plummeting to the street below.
The chairs landed near the front entrance of the towering condo- with Detective Todd Higo saying there were no reports of injuries.
After receiving tips from the public, police identified Zoia as the ‘culprit’ asking the woman to turn herself in.
Global News reported the
’emotionally disturbed’ woman surrendering to authorities and booked with mischief endangering life, mischief endangering property and common nuisance.
Zoia made a brief court appearance Wednesday afternoon and was released on $2,000 Canadian bail (US $1,508) and ordered to live with her mother. She must also not have any contact with the four individuals that were with her at the time.
‘She is embarrassed by what happened. She wished it never happened. Of course, she would never wish anyone would be hurt,‘ said Greg Leslie, her lawyer.
Leslie said she understands the public outage. He said he’ll have discussions with the prosecution and said it might not go to trial but said he’ll see how it develops.
Leslie said she was under peer pressure and they are looking for the others involved.
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Constable David Hopkinson said the apartment was being used as a short-term rental via airbnb.
Airbnb said that Zoia has never used the service but it did suspend the account of a guest who had booked a reservation at the building at the time.
Told the company in a released statement: ‘We are outraged by the blatant disregard for community safety on display in the video. We will be suspending any guest’s accounts that appear to be connected to this incident.’
The incident has since led to Zoia- known as an ‘influencer’ with more than 4,000 followers on Instagram since deleting her account along with her Facebook page.
It remained unclear if the ‘stunt’ may have been inspired to curry followers.
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Jenna Periti, who has known Zoia from the time they attended St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, in Thornhill, Ontario, called her a smart girl and said the video ‘does not do her justice.’ She said Zoia came to Canada from Brazil just before ninth grade and lived with her mom.
‘She’s a bright girl but sometimes she likes to hang out with people who like to get involved in the wrong things,’ Periti said.
Which merits the awkward question- at what price infamy and fame?
Toronto has examined banning short-term rentals not regularly occupied by the owner, but the potential rules are undergoing review.
‘I just hope that people take from the example the consequences that will befall this woman. This is irresponsible behavior that is unacceptable,’ Toronto Mayor John Tory said. ‘It was not just a lark gone bad. It was grossly irresponsible behavior that could have caused serious injury and death.’
#Breaking @CP24 Exclusive photo of #chairgirl #chairtosser as she is being processed at 52 Division. Marcella Zoia , 19, of Toronto to appear in court this afternoon. #booking pic.twitter.com/u8c45QfBxc
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