The Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak trust their tresses to celebrity stylist Derek J of Atlanta’s J Spot Salon. But according to one unhappy customer, he doesn’t treat his regular customers with as much care. In fact, in a bombshell new lawsuit, a former client accuses the stylist (born Derek Johnson) of stealing her expensive weave tracks!
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In court papers filed on July 18 in Atlanta and obtained by Radar the plaintiff claims, “I had my sew-in taken out to be reinstalled. Derek led his team to steal my hair, then Derek installed used … cheap hair in my head. He (Derek) also encouraged other stylists to steal my hair.” Now, the plaintiff is suing in excess of $2,000.
Meanwhile, Johnson told Radar that the allegations are “ridiculous.”
“It was basically a misunderstanding,” he said. “She had hair in, and I took her hair out to wash it, and putting it back in is like putting a puzzle back together. If it gets misconfigured, it won’t have the same look as it did. That’s basically what happened, that it didn’t get put back in as it was supposed to.”
“I offered for her to come back in and have it fixed,” he said. “But she said no and six months later I get a lawsuit. It’s really, really ridiculous.”
“I have been doing hair for 15 years and I’ve never had this issue,” he said. “Unfortunately, when you start to raise your profile, certain things start to happen to you. I have celebrity clients, so to have this regular woman accuse me of this, it’s like, ‘Lady, sit down!’"
This isn’t the firs time Johnson’s salon has come under fire — literally. In 2012, an unhappy client shot up the floor of the salon in a dispute over a ‘do.
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