‘GORILLA Glue’ girl Tessica Brown has unleashed a copycat fake as a rapper admits he pretended to stick a Solo cup to his face for publicity.
Desperate wannabe ‘Gorilla Glue man’ Len Martin, 37, said he staged a hospital stunt after being envious of Brown’s sticky escapade going viral.
Brown, 40, broke the internet when she used the strong adhesive to style her hair after running out of hairspray in Louisiana.
The disastrous – and painful – experiment resulted in a trip to the hospital and a four-hour-long procedure to remove the glue.
Noticing the worldwide headlines, and how media users were left in awe of Brown’s viral TikTok video showing her DIY hairdo horror, Martin thought he’d grab some similar publicity.
The Belle Rose, Louisiana, man staged a video of himself gluing a red Solo cup to his upper lip, claiming that he was going to prove Brown was a liar and that he’d be able to lick the glue off.
The out-of-work musician managed to convince the world, including international media outlets, that he had also fallen victim to the popular adhesive and wound up in hospital like Brown.
“It was to prevent others from making the same mistake as Tessica but also to help raise awareness of my situation,” Martin said.
“I come from a low-income neighborhood and I think others would do the same if they were in my shoes.
“I obviously knew her story was real.
“But I come from a poor family and I saw this as an opportunity to raise awareness of my story and how much money ‘clout’ can really bring.
“So I faked it all.”
He managed to dupe media outlets with his sham video, which purportedly showed him smearing the ultra-strong adhesive around the rim of the red cup, and then placing it straight on to his face, around his mouth.
As part of his ruse, Martin posted at the time: “I thought that chick with the Gorilla Glue was making that story up. But no, it’s real. I don’t know why I tried it.”
And he pretended that he was facing an operation, adding: “Now they talking bout cutting the tip of my lips off in surgery…yall pray for me [sic].”
He even shared a photo of himself with the red Solo Cup ‘stuck’ to his face while in hospital.
But even the ward shot was a set-up, with Martin now admitting: “I did actually go to the ER but it was because I have an arm injury.
“The photo with the cup was a staged picture I had my daughter take.
“It was all fake.”
He had gone to hospital for orthopedic treatment on his sprained elbow in Baton Rouge.
Martin also explained today: “If you watch the video closely, I only put a tiny bit of glue on the cup and I turned it the other way so it didn’t actually touch my lips.”
He added: “My father is sick with a bone disease, I have a family, and I don’t have much money.
“I saw this as a chance to change everything for myself, to bring awareness to my music and hopefully make money to support my family.”
Martin lost his job as a carpenter in industrial plants due to Covid and is now fighting to launch a career in rap.
He has decided to come clean about the stunt to explain his situation.
Brown this week threatened to sue a blogger who alleged she faked her hair ordeal to rake in cash.
Her lawyer has sent a cease and desist letter to the person.
Attorney Jeffrey Klein insisted that the account was defaming Brown, saying the comments “are being made with the sole intention of causing loss and damage to Tessica personally and professionally.”
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The mother-of-five from Louisiana said her at-home remedies were ineffective in removing the glue and that she had experienced “extreme” headaches for a month.