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Reality Star Comes Under Fire After Posting Controversial Photo Online

A star of the former “Real Housewives of Miami” reality show is facing ridicule on social media for posting a photo of the private plane she used to flee from Hurricane Irma.

Lisa Hochstein decided to share the picture on Instagram. She posed in front of the aircraft with her husband, Leonard Hochstein; the couple’s 2-year-old son, Logan; and their two dogs, just before the family escaped storm-ravaged Florida last weekend.

According to Yahoo News, one of those who slammed Hochstein was a co-star on the “Housewives” show, Joanna Krupa. “All those A------- posting and showing off w their private jets in Miami, why don’t u offer help families and animals that can’t get out?” Krupa tweeted. “Otherwise stop posting and showing off when people and animals are being left behind during this catastrophic hurricane. Idiots!”

The negative response prompted Hochstein to change the photo’s caption to explain why the family used the plane. “EVERYONE IS POSTING ON SM about how they escaped!” she wrote. “This happens to be mine and I don’t need to apologize or hide to ANYONE ABOUT HOW WE DO SO. We also did not have paperwork for our dogs to fly commercial as every vet was closed and every flight was booked and there is no way in hell we would leave them behind. Fortunately we were able to get a plane to take them with us.”

Hochstein added: “We weren't originally going to leave partly because of the dogs and a few other things … and waited until the last minute when we realized that this thing wasn't slowing down which definitely made it difficult to get out. We did not want to risk it with our little angel Logan. … And YES we let some friends stay at our home because it's a little safer than theirs! They will be fine!!! Material things can be replaced lives cannot. #staysafe.”

The new caption did not deter Hochstein’s critics. “Who cares how your family got out of Miami as long as you got out?” one person wrote. However, others on social media had different opinions. One post stated: “Keep doing what you do, don't listen to the noise. Logan is lucky to have such wonderful parents.” Another person wrote: “Thank you for treating your animals like part of the family.”

ABC News reported Wednesday that authorities were still trying to determine the number of people who died in the hurricane and subsequent flooding. At least eight of the fatalities were in the Florida Keys, according to authorities. Forty other county residents sustained injuries. The total death toll resulting from the storm includes at least 23 additional Floridians, four people in South Carolina and three Georgia residents. Some perished in car accidents, while others suffered carbon-monoxide poisoning when they used generators incorrectly.

Officials believe Irma damaged 90 percent of the houses in the Keys. Nearly one in four homes was destroyed. Search-and-rescue operations continue, with personnel searching the most severely affected areas. Big Pine Key and Cudjoe Key were particularly devastated when the hurricane struck on Sunday.

Source: Yahoo
Photo: YouTube, Lisa Hochstein/Instagram

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