As if things could get any creepier in the case of Botox Mom, hold onto your hats and get ready for the strangest story getting stranger yet.
Kerry Campbell claims she is not Kerry Campbell, freaky mother who injects her 8-year old daughter with Botox so that she will be more competitive in beauty pageants; now she is Sheena Upton, and she claims that the whole story was a hoax concocted by the British tabloid, “The Sun.”
Campbell-Upton-Botox-Mom claimed in a California court that she was given $200 by “The Sun” to read a script for the story “I Give My 8-Year Old Daughter Botox” posing as Kerry Campbell. She further claimed that she appeared on other shows for an additional fee from a talent broker.
On Thursday, TMZ.com obtained the following sworn testimony from Campbell/Upton:
“I Sheena Upton, was solicited by a company in the United Kingdom, to play the role of Kerry Campbell in the United Kingdom newspaper, “The Sun.” The Sun’s story was called “I give my 8 year old daughter Botox”. I was provided with the story, instructions and a script to follow for a recorded interview for paid fee. I received $200 for that story.”
“The truth is that I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant. Yesterday, on May 17, 2011, I went with my daughter to the U.C.L.A. Medical Center….After my daughter received a full medical exam, the results indicated that she has not ever received treatments including Botox or other such injections.”
“The Sun” of course is denying that they had any idea she was lying to them. In a statement they denied soliciting or knowingly publishing a story they knew to be inaccurate. They claim they published the article in good faith. Additionally, they stated that they are launching an investigation into this matter, and their lawyers would be looking into possible legal action.
TMZ further claims that an insider informed them that Upton was paid up to $10,000 from Good Morning America for the licensing of the photos of her daughter. ABC also issued a statement, saying:
“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. Good Morning America has repeatedly questioned Upton, members of her family, and other sources who again and again stood by the Botox story. Good Morning America is solely interested in getting to the truth and will share with our audience any new information that we find.”
The whole sordid affair began to unravel on Wednesday when an unnamed insider told RadarOnline.com that Campbell was “making the entire thing up for publicity.” Interestingly, this was the same day that “Campbell” made the following public apology: “I cannot put into words the remorse I feel. I am going to seek therapy for my obsession with looks so I will no longer push my insecurities about appearance on to her….I honestly felt I was helping her.” Nice, huh?
And, BellaSugar, a beauty blog, doubted the story, reporting that there was no Kerry Campbell living in the bay area, a statement that I read, as a matter of fact, and then glossed over because reputable sources (ABC News for one) were telling me otherwise.
So, I don’t know about you, but right now I am angry for being duped, angry, if the allegations are true, that “The Sun,” which has a reputation for stooping, would stoop so low to get this story knowing there is a child involved, and angry at a crazy mother who would use her daughter, who has now been returned to her, in such a diabolical manner for the sole purpose of earning some cash.
What terrible lessons has this mother taught her daughter?
* Lying is okay if it makes you richer.
* I will manipulate you just as I will manipulate the truth if it serves my purposes to do so.
* I don’t care if I publicly embarrass and humiliate you, as long as I get what I want.
* I will risk losing you to Children Services if the payout is worth it.
* And when I get caught, I will pass the buck.
And Upton, ever sincere and decent, now says she wishes she could take it all back. “I realize now that, at the time I made a bad decision to accept the role in the story for “The Sun,” and I regret my participation. The implications have been severe for my family as well as my daughter and myself.”
Oh, cry me a river! Don’t kid yourself, Campbell-Upton-Botox-Mom; this disaster, which you fully participated in, will forever haunt you and your poor, trusting daughter, who was taken for the ride of her life by a mother who had no business being behind the wheel of this despicable media deception.
Good luck living with this one, “Mommy Dearest!” And, in the future, try putting your daughter’s needs above your own.