Paula Abdul Pushes for Safe Manicures

06/28/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT

Paula Abdul Pushes for Safe Manicures
Paula Abdul
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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

Speaking as a first-hand victim, Paula Abdul appeared before California legislators Monday to nail manicure parlors – which she accused of unsanitary practices.

The American Idol judge, 43, said that in April 2004 she had been treated with unclean equipment at a Studio City nail shop, resulting in frequent trips to the hospital and making her a target for late-night comics' jokes.

"Being a professional dancer, I'm no stranger to pain, but this time the pain was so excruciating that even my hair touching my thumb caused me to scream," Abdul told the California Senate Business and Professions Committee in Sacramento, the Associated Press reports.

Abdul is pushing for safety standards for manicure and pedicure equipment and a rewriting of state regulations mandating that nail shops follow sanitary practices to avoid leaving customers vulnerable to bacterial infections.

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"I was publicly humiliated," Abdul said in her closing statement. "That is why with an open heart and a selfless agenda, I implore you to pass this bill."

The law, sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Leland Yee, is expected to pass in committee. Once that takes place, it would likely come before the full Senate sometime in the next two weeks.

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