An influencer who has been dubbed the ‘Chair Girl’ has managed to avoid jail for throwing a chair off a 45th-floor balcony onto a busy road below, all so that she could get social media likes.
Marcella Zoia, nicked the ‘Chair Girl’, recorded herself last year throwing a chair off a 45th-floor balcony and onto a busy road below, so she could gain further Instagram likes. The viral stunt resulted in her pleading guilty to mischief of endangering life yet somehow, she has avoided doing time in jail.
Initially, prosecutors in Toronto, Canada, had been seeking a six-month jail term for the influencer. However, the Instagram star was handed a £1,000 fine, 150 hours of community service and two years probation.
In November, the 20-year-old entered her plea but her sentencing was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the sentencing was finally delivered out July 21 via a teleconference.
Marcella’s lawyer, Gregory Leslie, has stated he is pleased with the sentence and the influencer, who has 63,000 Instagram followers, has also said she is “ecstatic” that the case is finally over.
Mr Leslie said that his client had been scared at the prospect of jail time and “maybe had a tear or two in her eyes” at when she heard there could be severe punishment.
According to Marcelle, the night before the incident had taken place she had thrown a chair from the high-rise balcony of a rented apartment in Toronto. According to CTV News, she had been ‘peer-pressured’ into the action.
The chair landed on one of the city’s busiest highways, the Gardiner Expressway.
The incident is believed to have taken place at around 10 am on Saturday morning when the traffic had been busy. Luckily, no one was injured as a result of the careless stunt.
In February last year, after the influencer was exposed by footage shared on social media, she decided to hand herself into the police.
She has issued an apology in which she has taken “responsibility” for her dangerous actions.
The star wrote: “I apologise to everyone offended by my actions. I truly regret it and I will take responsibility.”