Lauren Goodger has been exposed for agreeing to endorse a fake diet drink containing poison in an undercover sting for a BBC documentary.
The former The Only Way Is Essex star was also captured on camera claiming she had never tried Skinny Coffee – a diet drink she previously promoted on her Instagram account.
Goodger fell for an undercover sting by BBC Three comedian Blindboy for his new documentary show Blindboy Undestroys The World.
The reality star was asked to promote fake diet product Cyanora and was told the drink contained hydrogen cyanide – a deadly poison.
She was also asked if she minded promoting the drink even though it was not yet ready for production.
Goodger says in the show: “I never tried Skinny Coffee.”
The seller asks her: “Because we were a bit worried that maybe you'd want to, you'd need to try it, before you mention it – no, not bothered?”
Goodger replies: “No. I've even had my own friends message me, ‘Laur, can you get me some of that Skinny Coffee, does it work?’ I'm like, do you not know this by now?”
She is also shown filming an advert for the fake product, stumbling over the pronunciation of “hydrogen cyanide” and asking: “Is that right?”
Goodger’s representative told Yahoo UK: “Lauren was asked to go to an audition by her old management to appear in an advert for a new water. There was no mention of what the water contained before the meeting. The money on the table was quite a large sum.”
Goodger added: “I was asked to read a script which I did to screen-test me for the job. This script was given to me at that precise moment. No deals were signed and it was an audition. As with any audition you people-please and say what they want to hear.
“They asked me would I promote the drink without using it. In the heat of the moment I said yes and also said I hadn’t tried Skinny Coffee in the hope of getting the job.
“Of course I would never promote anything that contains poison and proper checks would have been made before any promotion. I also have never said I lost two stone using Skinny Coffee. That is a complete lie and I’m unsure where that has come from.
I would never promote anything on my Instagram that I don’t feel is right for my followers and that I haven’t used. The sit-down meeting after the audition was filmed undercover without my knowledge.”
In January Goodger posted before and after pictures on her Instagram account claiming Skinny Coffee had helped her lose 12lbs in three weeks. She has since deleted the post.
In October Goodger’s Instagram post promoting BoomBod shot drink was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, who ruled the advert was “irresponsible” as the photo appeared to have been edited to make her waist look "artificially thin".
Fellow TOWIE star and personal trainer Mike Hassini, 25, and Love Island contestant Zara Holland, 24, were also filmed for the BBC Three show agreeing to promote the fake product, after being told it contained hydrogen cyanide.
The deadly chemical was used as a weapon during both world wars – and used by the Nazis to murder Jews in concentration camps.
Holland said: “Although I had read out the ingredients which included hydrogen cyanide, I did not immediately know what this was at the time.
“My agent did state that I would not promote a product without trying the product first, and we needed to be provided with more details. I would never deliberately mislead my followers or promote a product that was dangerous.”
Yahoo UK has contacted Hassini for comment.