Update as of 2:47 p.m: TMZ has updated its story saying that The Sun “strongly denies any suggestion it solicited or knowingly published a false story regarding Kerry Campbell and her daughter….”
“U.K. newspaper The Sun is ADAMANTLY denying it scripted a fake Botox Mom story for Sheena Upton aka Kerry Campbell — and claims they only published the story after a reporter WATCHED the woman inject her daughter…”
“But The Sun says it didn’t even break the story — claiming they received it from a ‘reputable UK news agency’ — and the reporter from the agency ‘watched Ms. Campbell administering what appeared to be Botox to her daughter and provided compelling photographs.’ ”
The British paper is considering legal action.
Original report from this morning:
TMZ is reporting this morning that the Botox mom now says she made the whole story up for the money and never gave her daughter Botox, nor waxed her and is actually not in pageants either. Although apparently the girl in the story is really her daughter.
“TMZ has obtained a sworn declaration written by Sheena Upton, who claims she was recently approached by the British tabloid, The Sun, and asked “to play the role of Kerry Campbell” for a story called “I Give My 8-Year-Old Daughter Botox.”
“Upton now confesses The Sun paid her $200 adding, “I was provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview.”
After the story ran in The Sun, Upton says she was approached by “Good Morning America” and “Inside Edition” and claims she was offered “a large fee” to appear on camera. She went on both shows and re-told her story.”
According to TMZ, Upton (aka Campbell) took her daughter to the UCLA Medical Center and had her examined. She says the exam proves she never injected her daughter with Botox. She says the report was then sent to San Francisco officials who gave her back her daughter with the provision that a cousin stay with them for the time being.
TMZ updated the story at 8:20 to say that an ABC News spokesperson said: “We have just seen the sworn declaration on TMZ written by Sheena Upton, a.k.a. Kerry Campbell , and are vigorously investigating her most recent statement and rapidly shifting story.”
There is much more on the website about the financial side. Hmm. We’ll see what shakes out. What do you think?
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