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'Botox Mom' says she made up the tale about injecting her daughter for beauty pageants

Nina Mandell New York Daily News 05/20/2011 20:12
Sheena Upton said she never injected her daughter with Botox.

Sheena Upton said she never injected her daughter with Botox.

First came balloon boy. Now there's Botox mom. The woman who horrified mothers everywhere by claiming she injected her 8-year-old pageant princess daughter with Botox said in a deposition that she made it all up.

Sheena Upton told a California court that British tabloid The Sun gave her $200 to pose as "Kerry Campbell" and read a script for the story "I Give My 8-Year-Old Daughter Botox," according to TMZ.com

She says she then appeared on "Good Morning America" and "Inside Edition" for an additional fee.
On the show, appearing as Campbell, Upton told horrified viewers that she gave her daughter, Britney, Botox and waxed her bikini area to give her a leg up in beauty pageants. She claimed that she was licensed to give the injections herself.

After a slew of viewers called authorities, Britney was removed from her mother's custody, most likely prompting the mea culpa.

"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," she wrote.

To further prove her case, Upton said her daughter was examined by a doctor at UCLA to show that she'd never been injected with anything.

The Sun immediately denied they had any idea she was telling them a tall tale.

"The Sun strongly denies any suggestion it solicited or knowingly published a false story regarding Kerry Campbell and her daughter. The article was published in good faith, in common with a large number of other news organizations around the world, after being received in full from a reputable UK news agency," the paper said in a statement.

The statement added that a reporter watched as Upton injected her daughter with what appeared to be Botox, adding that the paper was considering legal action.