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Honey Boo Boo’s Mom Speaks Out on 2008 Arrest and Go-Go Juice Controversy

When you’re the outspoken star of a reality TV phenomenon, your life draws extra-heavy scrutiny and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s June “Mama” Shannon is no exception.

It recently came out that June was arrested for contempt of court and theft back in 2008, and now the 33-year-old redneck matriarch is addressing that brush with the law.

She tells People that the contempt of court charge stemmed from a child support issue with her mom, who raised June’s 18-year-old daughter, and that both it and the theft charge were later dismissed.

But that’s not all. Child protection authorities in Georgia investigated the Shannon family earlier this year after a controversial double-whammy: TLC aired the notorious “go-go juice” scene — in which June’s then-6-year-old daughter Alana downs a mix of Mountain Dew and Red Bull — in a March episode of Toddlers and Tiaras, and then a video of Alana dancing on a bar bubbled up online.

“It was the worst four days of my whole entire life,” June recalls, though she adds that the bar footage was part of “a meet-and-greet at a concert.” Protective services never filed any charges.

As for the caffeinated concoction, June assures Ryan Seacrest, “That was a one time and one time only thing.”

We know it’s wrong to give your kid a mega-unnatural energy boost, but we’ll admit we’ve watched the “go-go juice” scene at least 20 times. A caffeinated kid makes for good television.

Sources: People, Ryan Seacrest

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08.30.2012 / 03:16 AM EDT by Laura Case
Related: News, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Reality Gossip

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