‘Chair girl’ influencer Marcella Zoia, 19, DODGES jail for hurling chair off 45th floor on to busy road for Insta likes
AN influencer dodged jail yesterday after she was filmed callously hurling a chair from a 45th floor balcony onto a busy road.
Marcella Zoia, 20, nicknamed "Chair Girl" after footage of her reckless stunt last year went viral, pleaded guilty to a charge of mischief endangering life.
But despite prosecutors in Toronto, Canada, seeking a six month jail term for the Instagram star, she was instead handed a £1,000 fine, 150 hours of community service and two years probation.
The 20-year-old entered her plea in November but her sentencing was delayed several times partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was finally handed out via teleconference yesterday.
Her lawyer Gregory Leslie said he was pleased with the sentence and that Zoia – who has more than 60K Instagram followers – was "ecstatic" that the case was finally over.
Mr Leslie said his client had been scared about the prospect of going to jail and “maybe had a tear or two in her eyes" when she learned of her punishment.
He said Zoia had been drinking alcohol the night before the incident and was influenced by peer pressure when she threw the chair from the high-rise balcony of a rented apartment in Toronto, reports CTV News.
The chair landed on the Gardiner Expressway – one of the city's busiest highways.
The young star is believed to have thrown the chair at around 10am on a Saturday morning when the road was busy with traffic – thankfully no injures were reported as a result of the idiotic stunt.
Zoia turned herself in to police in Canada in February last year after footage of the incident was uploaded on social media.
She issued an apology vowing to take "responsibility" for her actions.
The star wrote: "I apologise to everyone offended by my actions. I truly regret it and I will take responsibility."