Ariana Grande under police investigation for doughnut-licking video

Ariana Grande was caught on video having a very odd moment in the donut store.

Ariana Grande's tongue is landing her in a heap of trouble.

US police say they're investigating the video that appears to show the pop star licking doughnuts at a shop in California - and then leave without buying them. She's also had to apologise for her anti-America comments.

Police in Lake Elsinore, California, where the doughnuts shop is located, said they and Riverside County public health officials are investigating the video, which appeared to show the 22-year-old singer and a man with her "maliciously lick" the doughnuts. 

Ariana Grande - she looks so sweet. But not as sweet as those donuts she licked.

Ariana Grande - she looks so sweet. But not as sweet as those donuts she licked.

 "What the ... is that? I hate Americans. I hate America" she says when a clerk sets down a tray of doughnuts in front of her.

Mayra Solis, 22, a cashier on duty at Wolfee doughnuts when Grande went into the store, said the singer didn't purchase any of the doughnuts she licked.

"She was really rude," Solis said.

Joe Morin, owner of Wolfee doughnuts, said he noticed the licking while reviewing surveillance footage from Grande's late-night visit on Saturday. He went to police with the footage, shared it with TMZ, and said he hopes she's charged.

"What she did was wrong," Morin told the Press-Enterprise newspaper, adding that Grande and her friend also spat on a doughnut. 

But the Department of Environmental Health says it's investigating the store - not Grande - for violating California's retail food code by failing to protect the doughnuts.

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"According to California Retail Food Code, all food must be protected from any type of customer contamination," spokeswoman Dottie Merki told the Press-Enterprise. "Any time food items are displayed without protection, customers can sneeze on, cough on or lick them."

Earlier on Wednesday, Grande apologised for her anti-American comments but did not address the doughnut-licking. 

"I am extremely proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my country. What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the doughnuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words," the statement read.

Grande said she chose to express herself as she did because she leads a healthy lifestyle and is upset with "how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences".

"The fact that the United States has one of the highest child obesity rates in the world frustrates me. We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies," she said.

"However I should have known better in how I expressed myself; and with my new responsibility to others as a public figure I will strive to be better."

Asked about the police investigation, Grande's representatives said she would not have further comment.

Grande also announced Wednesday that she would not perform at the MLB All-Star Concert on Saturday. She said it had nothing to do with the leaked video.

"As for why I cannot be at the MLB show, I have had emergency oral surgery and due to recovery I cannot attend the show," she said. "That being said let me once again apologise if I have offended anyone with my poor choice of words."


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