Unfair Game: Wellness Blogger Belle Gibson Fined for Deceiving Cancer Victims

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Australian wellness blogger Belle Gibson who claimed she managed to fight cancer with a "healthy nutrition" was ordered to pay a fine of over $400,000 over deception and lies.

The Federal Court in Melbourne found Australian "wellness expert" and cookbook author Belle Gibson guilty of misleading her followers and readers by recommending that they use alternative therapies and healthy eating as a way to conquer cancer.

Later, it turned out that the 29-year-old woman never had the disease.

Публикация от KIIS 1065 (@kiis1065) Июн 28 2015 в 5:21 PDT

However, this fact didn't prevent her from earning $420,000 after publishing The Whole Pantry cookbook and creating an app, based on her claims.

After an inquiry into her case was launched in 2016, Gibson's company closed, while the book and the app have been withdrawn.

Moreover, the court ordered she pay a total of 410,000 Australian dollars for her refusal to make charitable contributions and financially support people suffering from cancer, a claim she made during an advertising campaign, asserting that "a large part of everything the company earns is now donated to charities."

A judge in the Federal Court of Australia, Justice Debra Mortimer, ruled that Gibson "has put her own interests before those of anyone else" and was initially "prepared to tell outright lies."

The woman herself has never shown up in court.

Since 2013, Gibson has been popular on social networks, claiming she was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was 20, with doctors allegedly saying she had only four months to live.

On her social media profiles, Gibson "revealed" how she gave up conventional cancer medication and decided to try natural alternatives, urging people to do so as well.

After media started questioning her statements, the young woman admitted in 2015 that she never had cancer.

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