'Instagram Influencer' Charged With Endangering Life After Allegedly Throwing Chair From Balcony
A 19-year-old 'Instagram influencer' has surrendered to police and been charged with endangering life after she was filmed throwing chairs from a 45th floor balcony.
Toronto Police has confirmed that Marcella Zoia has been charged with endangering life, damage of property under CAD $5,000 (£2,900/US $3,800) and common nuisance.
The teenager allegedly chucked two lawn chairs from the balcony of a high-rise as the morning rush hour traffic sped by below her Airbnb rental.
According to the Sun, Toronto mayor John Tory said: "I just hope that people take from the example the consequences that will befall this woman. This is irresponsible behaviour that is unacceptable.
"It was not just a lark gone bad. It was grossly irresponsible behaviour that could have caused serious injury and death."
Police believe that the video was taken on Saturday morning and an investigation began to identify Zoia.
Zoia made a brief court appearance on Wednesday afternoon and was released on CAD $2,000 (£1,170/US $1,500) bail and ordered to live with her mum. She must also steer clear of having contact with the four individuals that were with her at the time the alleged incident took place.
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According to the MailOnline, Zoia's lawyer, Greg Leslie said: "She is embarrassed by what happened. She wished it never happened. Of course, she would never wish anyone would be hurt."
Her lawyer also explained that the teen understands the public outrage. 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.
He also added that she was acting under peer pressure and they are looking for the others involved.
It is believed that the apartment was being used as a short-term rental but Airbnb spokesman, Ben Breit, explained that the company had reached out to Toronto Police to offer their support.
He told the MailOnline: "We remain outraged by the blatant disregard for community safety on display in the video. We have no evidence at this time to suggest that the accused has ever been an Airbnb user, but we have suspended the account of a guest with a reservation at the building pending further review."
According to The Sun, an Instagram page that is apparently linked to Zoia posted an apology that read: "I apologise to everyone offended by my actions. I truly regret it and I will take responsibility.
"Nobody was hurt I was intoxicated stop harassing me I thought Canadians were nice but that's not true and it's so f****** cold I'm out of here # canadiansgottachill".
It is believed Zoia will appear at court again on March 22.
Featured Image Credit: Toronto Police