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The Most "Gruesome" Celebrity Lawsuit Ever

3/18/2009 3:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim VoIt may be one of the most horrifying, head-scorching, skin-sizzling events ever -- and it allegedly went down at the same place Britney, Paris and Goldie Hawn have gotten their hair did.

The guy accused of torching his client's head is Kim Vo -- a self-proclaimed "master-colorist" featured on shows like "Extreme Makeover" and "Shear Genius."

According to a lawsuit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, one of Kim's clients -- an actress named Carly Steele -- came to his Beverly Hills salon for a coloring in January. Things were going fine until Carly claims the aluminum foil Kim personally applied and set under a hair dryer began burning her, causing her hair and scalp "to smoke and burn."

In the suit, Steele claims, "she leapt from the chair" and people tried to remove the foil -- but, "they too were unable to remove the scalding and fiery foil and coloring agent which were scorching and sizzling into [Carly's] hair, scalp and head.

Steel claims she suffered "severe, debilitating and gruesome injuries" and is suing for an undetermined amount for her health care costs, plus other damages.

Calls to Kim have not yet been returned.

UPDATE: Kim released the following statement: "I was shocked to learn that a claim was filed and released to the press yesterday. To go to the press without having served me seems like an attempt for free publicity. I wholeheartedly dispute her allegations and will vigorously fight her accusations," stated Kim Vo, owner of the salon.


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Jesus Effing Christ    


2012 days ago

SoCal Razzles    

wtf??? lol

2012 days ago


good... goood... good.. goood... goodd.... good.

2012 days ago

Michael Madsen    

Yah... he does MJ's hair.

2012 days ago


And I am sure she forgot to mention to him about her past coloring of her hair or what products/services she has done lately.
Most likely she had recently had it colored/relaxed/bleached and that's what caused the reaction. Or even something simple like too much swimming in chlorine can cause that. Lets always blame the stylist ;)

2012 days ago


WTF??? I don't think it happened why wait until now to file a lawsuit

2012 days ago


Kim is the best in town, not only as a "master colorist" but as a human being,unfortunately some people hate to see him doing so well>

2012 days ago

Grammar Police    

'gotten their hair "did"'?

2012 days ago


um, never let a queen with collagen lips, whose claim to fame is britney beautiful weave, do your hair!

2012 days ago

punky rihanna and chris    


2012 days ago


If you can't make it as an actress, find someone to sue. Too bad she wasn't getting a Brazilian. The photographic evidence would sell for more than she isn't going to get in court.

2012 days ago


Sounds like a hairdryer malfunction not a colorist problem

2012 days ago

Linda Mott    

Kim Vo should contact TMZ and give his side of the story or explain if he can. When they avoid the press they give the impression that they are hiding something. If he is being told to not talk to the press, then his attorney should answer the calls from the press. He can always go on The People's Court RAW on the web and give his argument.

2012 days ago


So this chick is an "actress"? Has she ever actually, um, ACTED??? This ho needs to go back to waiting tables. Why is everyone in Hollywood an ACTRESS?

2012 days ago

Carrys F.    

Did they put color under lights that should not have been under lights? Did they put her too close to the lights? How the hell does someone's hair start on fire in a salon. And SheSays - I've worked in salons for years. People's hair does NOT start on fire from overprocessing. I've seen chemical burns from color but NEVER a real fire.

2012 days ago
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