Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show Daughter Of Dr. Sebi On Trial For 'Spreading Health Secrets'

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show Daughter Of Dr. Sebi On Trial For 'Spreading Health Secrets' Doctored Pic

Does a photograph show a daughter of "Dr. Sebi" on trial, purportedly for "revealing TOP SECRET health hacks," as claimed in a Facebook post? No, that's not true: The image of a woman in an orange prison outfit is not a real photograph. One clue that it's an AI-generated or manipulated image is the right arm's appendage, which is a left hand, a common glitch in AI images. A reverse image search on multiple sites for the photograph returns zero matches that would show the courtroom photo had been used in news coverage or other public locations. There are no credible news reports of a daughter of Dr. Sebi being arrested, put on trial or sentenced to prison time.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) where it was published on Facebook on March 8, 2024 with the caption, "What's this about ?" It opened:

Dr. Sebi's daughter was SENTENCED to 155 years in prison for revealing TOP SECRET health hacks
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This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Mar 11 18:19:36 2024 UTC)

"Dr. Sebi," whose real name was Alfredo Bowman, was a Honduran man who died in 2016. He was not a licensed physician (archived here) and was known for promoting questionable herb-based (archived here) products and holistic practices. The video does not identify the name of Dr. Sebi's supposed daughter and there is no evidence or proof of her arrest, a trial or a sentence provided in the post.

A Google news search (archived here) for the keywords "Dr. Sebi's daughter was SENTENCED to 155 years in prison," yields zero credible news reports. A Google search (archived here) of the top portion of the image with the woman's face returned zero matches.

There is one obvious sign the photo has been doctored or created by AI: The hand in the lower right-hand corner of the image shows what appears to be a left hand at the end of a right arm:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Mar 11 18:27:31 2024 UTC)

A woman named Kellie Bowman identifies herself online as Sebi's daughter, and her company, Sebi's Daughters, sells nutritional supplements (archived here) . There are no credible news reports of Kellie Bowman or any daughter of Sebi being arrested, put on trial and sentenced as a Google search with the keywords "Dr. Sebi daughter in jail" (archived here). The "About" section on the Sebi's Daughters website (archived here) includes a photograph of Kellie Bowman and she is not the woman in the post on Facebook:

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(Source: Sebi's Daughters website screenshot taken on Mon Mar 11 20:21:42 2024 UTC)

Other Lead Stories fact checks mentioning Dr. Sebi can be found here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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