KFC: 'No Proof Scarred Girl Asked To Leave'
Two separate investigations have failed to find any evidence supporting claims that a little girl with facial scars was asked to leave a KFC restaurant, the chain said.
KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the internal and independent probes revealed no proof that an employee in Jackson, Mississippi, asked three-year-old Victoria Wilcher to leave because her scars were scaring other customers.
He said the restaurant chain considers the matter closed.
The allegations were made earlier this month on the Facebook page Victoria's Victories, which follows the girl's recovery from a pitbull attack.
The April attack left the young girl with scars on her face and an eye patch.
The story went viral, but the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper in Mississippi has since reported that the claims were a hoax.
The paper cites unnamed sources and suggests there were inconsistencies in the account.
Victoria's Victories - a site managed by Teri Rials Bates, the child's aunt - stood by its original allegations.
"I promise its (sic) not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has," said a posting on the page, denying any suggestions that the story might have been fabricated to elicit donations.
"The article circling the web calling this a hoax is untrue."
Mr Maynard said KFC's commitment of $30,000 to help with the child's medical bills will not be affected by the investigation's outcome.
An attorney representing Victoria's family said a statement would be issued later.