One of those women is Hillary Clinton, who was allegedly treated to a curtained-off area for her appointment a month ago, reports In Touch magazine. But that didn't stop a photo of the former Secretary of State from landing on the Internet, taken by an employee who was then promptly fired, the magazine claims.
"The salon prides itself on protecting its clients' privacy and had no choice but to let the person go," a source at the salon told the magazine. And Hilary Clinton's hair is practically a state secret, after all.
Zachary Anderson, the official spokesman for John Barrett, would neither confirm nor deny the firing, because "we don't comment on any of our clients' presence in the salon." In Touch's source is anonymous, and no news outlet has independently verified the report. AOL Jobs was also unable to locate the TwitPic of Clinton that supposedly resulted in a firing; there was no sign of the image when AOL Jobs searched Twitter.
But this purportedly indiscreet employee would be far from the first in recent years to lose a job for leaking details about a celebrity client:
he was fired for calling Jennifer Aniston "very sweet and much more petite than I thought" to a group of guests on the hotel shuttle. [TMZ]
• In April 2012, a Virgin Atlantic employee resigned over allegations that she leaked the itinerary details of dozens of celebrities, including Kate Winslet, Daniel Radcliffe and Madonna, to a paparazzi agency. [AP]
• In February last year, The Beverly Hilton Hotel fired staffers who talked to the press about Whitney Houston's death from consuming a toxic mix of Xanax, Valium and alcohol in her room there. [RadarOnline.com]
• In 2009, a male nurse who was fired for allegedly leaking details of Tiger Woods' infamous 2009 hospital stay. A little over a year later, he sued Central Health, claiming he was innocent and the victim of defamation. [Orlando Sentinel]
• The UCLA Medical Center announced in May 2008 that it would be firing 13 employees for peeking at the confidential medical records of Britney Spears while she was hospitalized in its psychiatric unit. It's unclear if any of snoopers leaked any of their discoveries to the media, but they violated state and federal laws concerning medical privacy regardless. [Los Angeles Times]
• The same hospital fired a woman in 2007 for spying on the medical records of more than 30 high-profile figures, including Maria Shriver and Farah Fawcett. Details of Fawcett's cancer treatment subsequently appeared in the pages of the National Enquirer. [CBS News]
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