ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson Reports: Beverly Hills stylist Joseph Torrenueva was used to working for stars but didn’t know he’d be one after meeting former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.
The man responsible for providing Edwards with two very controversial $400 haircuts, paid for with first-quarter campaign funds, seems to not like the way he disappeared out of the headlines and is now ready to make more.
In the media explosion following the coif controversy, Torrenueva failed to divulge the extent of his relationship with Edwards. The Democratic presidential candidate himself turned the gaffe into a signature stump line: "We live in a country where you can come from nothing to spend $400 on a haircut," he has said. By Edwards’ own admission he was embarrassed by the cost of the services his staff had helped to arrange, but never denied his friendship with Torrenueva.
In an account given to the Washington Post, Torrenueva pushed back against the handling of the hairy matter which ultimately landed him a co-starring role in late night punch lines.
"I’m disappointed and I do feel bad. If I know someone, I’m not going to say I don’t know them," he told the Washington Post. "When he called me ‘that guy,’ that hit my ears. It hurt." He added, "I still like him… I don’t want to hurt him."
Torrenueva says he worked for Edwards since 2004, at first working free because he was a Democrat, but eventually charging up to $1250 for his services. He said he cut Edwards’ hair at least 16 times, the last time was this past March, the day after Elizabeth announced she had a reoccurrence of breast cancer. He sympathized with the Edwards family because his own son had cancer. Edwards personally paid $400 for the March cut, which is why two haircuts instead of three showed up on first-quarter fundraising forms filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Following Torrenueva’s tell-all in this week’s Washington Post, the campaign issued the following brief statement to ABC News: "This is a mid-summer rerun," said Mark Kornblau, national spokesperson for the Edwards campaign.
"Breaking news — John Edwards got some expensive haircuts and probably didn’t pay enough attention to the bills," Edwards campaign spokesperson Colleen Murray told the Washington Post. "He didn’t lie about weapons of mass destruction or spring Scooter Libby; he just got some expensive haircuts."