Sheena Upton, better known as Kerry Campbell the “Botox Mom”, says she can prove the story about her injecting her daughter was all a set-up, TMZ.com reports.
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Upton says she thought she was doing a story about a spa day with her eight-year-old daughter, and during the photo session producers asked her to pose with a medical syringe and “act like I was just holding it up,” she said.
Not only did she not know the story was going to be about Botox, Upton says she doesn’t even know the anti-wrinkle injection is. She says she was coached on what to say on-air – and she still has the scripts.
“We had agreed to pay a $10,000 licensing fee to a U.K. freelancer for the pictures, but obviously in light of everything that’s happened, zero money has been sent that way,” ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told THR.
In the UK, the ‘Sun’ denied any suggestion it knowingly published a false story.
ABC news said it was investigating the issue “vigorously.” The freelancer in the UK who brought the story to ABC says it’s legit and she witnessed it, but Upton’s comments to TMZ contradict that.
“We have one goal: To get to the bottom of this, and to share with our audience any new information and development we can uncover,” Schneider said.
Upton’s daughter was taken away by Child Protective Services after the story aired, but was later returned. On Wednesday, according to TMZ, Upton took her daughter to a UCLA dermatologist who said she had not had Botox.