June Shannon a.k.a. Mama June is asking a Beverly Hills-based dentist to pay her $35K for ruining her teeth.
via: Page Six
The letter, obtained by Page Six, claims the “From Not to Hot” star agreed to fly in to California to visit Dr. Tom Kalili for dental treatment in exchange for tagging him in social media posts as payment.
Kalili allegedly removed her temporary dental implants from a previous procedure but then, “after placing her in a vulnerable (and painful) position,” told her he would not complete the process unless she agreed to do media appearances to endorse his services, which she and her legal team claim she never agreed to prior to visiting him.
The letter describes Kalili’s move as one of the “most stunning ‘bait and switch’” attempts they’ve ever witnessed and demands that Kalili either complete the procedures on both her top and bottom teeth or reimburse her the $35,000 for travel and dentistry expenses.
Shannon’s manager, Gina Rodriguez, told Page Six that the reality star is planning to file a complaint with the Dental Bar on Friday as well as criminal charges.
“It is inhumane and criminal how he left her,” Rodriguez told us. “The demand for press after removing her teeth is a form of extortion.”
Page Six also obtained text messages purportedly sent between Kalili’s office manager and Shannon’s talent coordinator in which the office manager stated that they would not incur the cost of Shannon’s procedures without “an assurance that we will be televised and fully promoted.”
Rodriguez maintained the office agreed to the social-media arrangement “weeks ago prior to June and Geno booking their trip.”
A rep for Dr. Kalili sent PageSix the following statement in response to Mama June’s claims:
“Representatives who presented as her agents demanded additional services, at no cost and within a limited time frame that is not best practice, realistic, nor in the patient’s best interests. [We made] efforts to explain to her agents that this can’t be done in one step and if we skip steps, patient will be exposed to risks and complications.
“They entered into an exchange with our office that we perceived as threatening and included allegations of intent to harm our reputation. Reasonable efforts to explain the recommended treatment plan for the medical care requested were of no avail.
“Dr. Kalili is a biomaterials expert with 20 years of experience at UCLA and would not agree to comply to their demands, it appeared that they were setting up our office for negative publicity even if it meant putting the patient at risk. As a result of their bullying, Beverly Hills Dental Corp will not treat the person they claimed to represent.”
Shannon has been publicly undergoing plastic and cosmetic surgery to help her lose 300 pounds — but gained at least 70 back after relapsing in her drug addiction and spending nearly $1 million on drugs in one year.
Did the dentist ruin her teeth or did the dope ruin her teeth?