Was Botox mom’s story made up for cash?
According to TMZ, the British tabloid, The Sun, may have paid the Botox mom to take on a fake name for a made up story about how she gave her 8-year-old beauty pageant daughter Botox.
TMZ said it obtained a sworn declaration written by the Botox mom, whose real name is Sheena Upton, stating she was paid $200 to make up the whole story. The Sun vehemently denies it paid Upton, telling TMZ one of its reporters witnessed the mom inject Botox into her daughter.
Upton said she was asked “to play the role of Kerry Campbell” and was “provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview,” TMZ reported.
Upton reportedly also made money to appear on “Good Morning America” and “Inside Edition,” though the claim has been disputed and the amount was not clear, TMZ said.
“The truth is I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant,” Upton said in her declaration, according to TMZ.
The news of the hoax surfaced after child welfare officials took her daughter away. Upton reportedly wrote the declaration, which was signed under penalty of perjury, on advice from her lawyer so she can secure full rights to custody of her daughter, TMZ said.
Upton claims a full medical exam at UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday revealed her daughter had never received Botox or other such injections, TMZ reported.
TMZ also said child welfare officials returned Upton’s daughter to her after receiving the UCLA medical report.
ABC News told TMZ that it has seen Upton’s sworn declaration and is “vigorously investigating her most recent statement and rapidly shifting story.”
In the original report in The Sun, the Botox mom was said to live in San Francisco. It is now believed that she resides in the Los Angeles area.