Tessica Brown, who went viral for cementing her hair with Gorilla Glue, claims the GoFundMe she arrange is now under investigation and she will’t withdraw the funds, which she plans to donate to charity, she informed The Submit Wednesday.
The Louisiana native, who’s now out of the sticky scenario and rocking a recent, pure look, arrange a GoFundMe early on in her plight for assist with medical payments and shopping for wigs, however now that she’s determined to donate the cash, the corporate received’t let her withdraw it, she defined.
“They received’t even launch it to me as a result of that many individuals have referred to as and mentioned it was a fraudulent account,” Brown mentioned throughout a Zoom interview.
“Each time you take a look at it, it says it’s under investigation.”
When Brown first arrange the fundraiser, she solely requested for $1,500, nevertheless it ended up skyrocketing to over $23,000. Now that she’s cemented her viral fame with a star administration staff and a merchandise line, she determined she wished to present again the money.
“I’m like, ‘We are able to donate to Dr. Obeng’ … and the remainder of that, I’m going to donate it to a few households in St. Bernard Parish,” Brown mentioned, referencing the movie star plastic surgeon who mounted her ‘do and the south Louisiana locale she calls house.
“That’s going to be fairly upsetting as a result of who’re y’all to say, you recognize, this was a fraudulent account? For one, Dr. Obeng introduced me from St. Bernard Parish to Hollywood, like I seen the signal, to take this out of my head, like this man didn’t should do none of this.”
Obeng, a Ghana native, runs the Restore Worldwide basis and travels abroad to carry out constructive surgical procedures on individuals in creating international locations who wouldn’t in any other case have entry to the procedures. Obeng didn’t cost Brown for the process to take away the glue from her hair and he or she mentioned it was the physician’s benevolence, and different donors, who made it potential for that to occur.
“I can present my appreciation for his basis and in addition I might help the following particular person,” Brown mentioned, saying she desires to donate $20,000 to Obeng’s charity.
The remainder of the money she desires to make use of for households in her parish who she personally is aware of have been struggling and will use the cash to enhance their conditions.
“It doesn’t matter what I do, it’s an issue,” griped Brown, who’s been accused of placing the glue in her hair as a social media stunt.
A GoFundMe spokesperson informed The Submit in an announcement they “are in contact” with Brown and “working together with her on the withdrawal of funds.”
“Previous to the withdrawal, she should clearly state on the marketing campaign web page how she intends to make use of the funds,” the spokesperson mentioned.
Brown mentioned she did edit the web page to say she was utilizing the cash for bills associated to the ordeal, nevertheless it hasn’t been up to date to replicate her new, charitable plans.