A mom whose daughter was removed from her home after she claimed to inject the girl with Botox, now says she manufactured the story for money.
Sheena Upton made worldwide headlines last week with her claims that she injected her 8-year-old daughter with Botox to improve her chances of winning beauty pageants.
Upton now admits she was approached by British tabloid The Sun and offered $250 to assume the role of “Kerry Campbell” for a story called “I Give My 8-Year-Old Daughter Botox.”
“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,” she wrote in a sworn declaration obtained by gossip site TMZ.
The Botox story began to unravel after CPS workers removed the girl from her home following Upton’s appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”. Investigative sleuths in San Francisco couldn’t locate a resident named “Kerry Campbell” in any of the public databases.
ABC has repeatedly stated in the past that they never pay “compensation” for interviews. But in her sworn declaration, Upton said she was paid $10,000 to appear on “Good Morning America”.
An ABC News insider tells TMZ, “There is no truth to the story about compensation, but they did pay a broker no more than $10,000 to license photos.”
Upton states in her declaration that on May 17, she took her daughter to the UCLA Medical Center and, “After my daughter received a full medical exam, the results indicated that she has not ever received treatments including Botox or other such injections.”
According to TMZ, the UCLA medical reports were forwarded to child welfare officials, who then returned Upton’s daughter to her custody, with the provison that a cousin would stay with her and the child for the time being.