The Full Story: In August, Storro, a 28-year-old woman from Vancouver, Wash., went to police there with a shocking story: While walking home alone, she was attacked with acid by a homeless woman. First, she claimed, the woman had taunted her mercilessly, brandishing the acid, saying, "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" and then the woman threw the acid on her -- severely burning Storro's face and upper body. Storro's hospitalization and recovery touched millions around the world, inspiring them with her story of resilience and determination to overcome her injuries. Facebook fan pages and groups with names like "Pray for Bethany Storro" sprouted overnight, soliciting thousands of dollars in donations. An appearance on "Oprah" was scheduled. Then word began to circulate through the blogosphere that there may be more to the story. The Vancouver police chief cited numerous discrepancies, "Oprah" canceled Storro's appearance, and finally, in mid-September, Storro finally admitted to police that the story was made up and that she had poured the acid on herself.
What's Happened Since? It might seem nearly impossible, but it appears that Storro's life has actually gotten worse since she admitted that she invented the attack. For starters, she had to return all the money that was donated to her. She is also being charged, in three separate cases, with theft involving the donations that she accepted. Though it is still unclear what her motives were for creating the hoax to begin with, she is undergoing counseling and psychiatric evaluation in hopes of finding an answer.
In Her Own Words: AOL News could not reach Storro for comment, but in a press conference, her parents apologized on her behalf, saying, "We acknowledge there was hurt and betrayal to the community and we apologize for that. Now she can begin to heal because the truth has been revealed."
Video: Press conference of police revealing episode to be a hoax
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