Bonnie Mbuli slams 'fake skincare endorsement' duping consumers with sham offers

2018-09-04 12:34
Bonnie Mbuli
Bonnie Mbuli (Photo: Gallo)

Cape Town - Local TV personality Bonnie Mbuli is the latest celebrity to fall victim to an online scam. 

The Afternoon Express host's identity has been falsely attached to anti-aging skincare brand named, Pure Ravishing. 

According to a fake article published on a fake website Mbuli has "spent the past two years developing a line of highly potent and effective anti-aging products that she claims are the solution for those who don't want to resort to plastic surgery."

These reports have been labelled "false" by Mbuli's manager, Jenna Barenblatt.

Speaking to The Juice Barenblatt said: "We condemn the use of her name in order to sell these products. Bonnie would like to distance herself from this company and assure the public that she has no affiliation to these products and these false rumors."

Furthermore Mbuli's attorney, Gary Jansen said that these reports came as "a complete shock" and that they are in a state of "disbelief."

In an official statement to The Juice, Jansen said: "She has a huge following and they clearly saw this unlawful behaviour as an opportunity to use her base to promote their product. Such conduct has far reaching consequence and we are considering exhausting all remedies available to her both criminally and civilly."

He added: "She has an existing contract with Avene which in any event precludes her from entering into further contracts of this nature."

Mbuli joined cosmetic brand Avene in March 2018, who confirmed to The Juice that Mbuli has an existing relationship with the brand and continues to honour their agreement with "integrity." 

The Juice attempted to reach out to Pure Ravishing for comment and will update the article if comment becomes available.