Jennifer Lopez: I Didn't Get Maid Fired Over Autograph Request!
Maid of dishonor!
Jennifer Lopez is speaking out against tabloid reports that claim she got a hotel cleaning lady fired for requesting an autograph, saying the story is untrue and "hurtful."
The maid in question, Pray Dodaj, told German newspaper Bild that she was recently dismissed from her job at the Melia Dusseldorf after she approached the singer's room to ask for a signature.
"I am an incredibly big fan so I took all my courage and rang the bell to get an autograph," Dodaj alleged, adding that she was turned away by two of the star's assistants.
"A day later the cleaning company that employed me at the hotel called and said that Ms. Lopez had complained," she continued. "I was fired right there on the phone. Because of an autograph."
Not so, says the former American Idol judge, 43, who played a hotel housekeeper in the 2002 romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan.
"C'mon, thought you knew me better than this," Lopez tweeted to her fans early Wednesday morning. "Would never get anyone fired over an autograph."
Indeed, the hotel backed up the superstar and dismissed Dodaj's claims in a statement released Thursday Nov. 8: "Fact is Mrs. Dodaj did not at any time have direct or personal contact with Jennifer Lopez. At no time, either Ms. Lopez personally, or her staff, or the Hotel, asked for the termination of Mrs. Bete Dodaj's contract," the statement reads. "The group was by any account pleased with the hotel and its services and was very pleasant, friendly and courteous."