A Houston woman has sued prominent plastic surgeon Franklin Rose, saying he humiliated her by using her as a "before" candidate for a facelift examination that was covered by KPRC in 2015.
Ann Hammond says Rose offered to give her free surgery as part of his new "Facebook Facelift" procedure, but then ambushed her by having a news crew waiting, ultimately shooting her at "purposefully unflattering" angles and disclosing that she was planning on getting a divorce — something she allegedly only told Rose in confidence. (KPRC is not a defendant in the case).
Filed Wednesday in Harris County District Court, the suit also alleges that Rose — who recently helped a Texas woman achieve her dream of looking like First Lady Melania Trump — reneged on his offer to perform the procedure for free, and that two years later, she's still waiting.
Hammond is seeking between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages.
Hammond's attorney, Daniel Goldberg, told the Houston Press that the news segment wasn't supposed to be just a "before" piece, "It was supposed to be a before-and-after piece....All she got out of this deal was humiliation."
From the suit:
"Rose's assertion that the camera crew and news reporter were filming the 'before' segment of what was to be a 'before and after' story was untrue. On August 3, 2015, KPRC News Channel 2 aired the story on television. To [Hammond's] horror, the news story explicitly stated that she was seeking a divorce — a fact which she had kept private [from] her family and friends.
This private information, which was provided to Defendant Rose confidentially as her doctor was thus broadcast to the world. Her friends and family, including her daughter, were blindsided. Further, the unflattering images and video were spread across television and the internet, without the promised 'after' images and video accompanying them. For all these reasons, [Hammond] was understandably humiliated in a way and on a scale she could have never imagined."
It should be noted that the KPRC clip doesn't mention a divorce, instead saying Hammond was "newly single." It should also be noticed that Rose referred to Hammond's neck as "crepe-y."
Rose denied the claims, telling the Press it was "sort of a frivolous, spurious lawsuit, to say the least," and added that "I volunteered to do her surgery pro bono, and lo and behold, she found an attorney.” (Rose, who said he hadn't seen a copy of the suit, also claimed that KPRC backed out of an agreement to cover the surgery; however, the lawsuit does not suggest that the free surgery hinged on any news coverage).
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Rose also said Hammond was "a very lovely patient, a lovely person."
The suit also claims that Rose's office pulled out when it came to the "after" part of the agreement, blaming delays on KPRC. Rose then allegedly agreed to perform the surgery — but not for free; she'd have to pay "for the use of the surgical facility" and anesthesiologist, which would cost thousands.
Goldberg said he wasn't against Rose profiting off patients like Hammond, "But just follow up on your word."
In case you were wondering what a "Facebook Facelift" is, the lawsuit describes it as "a recourse for individuals who are unhappy with their appearance in digital media and 'selfies,'" and is evidently different from the "Melania Makeover." We're not exactly sure what kind of individual that one's for.