The former owner of a horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife says the animal was not shot with paintballs but was instead used as a canvas at children's finger-painting parties.
Doreen Weston said the white mare known as Lily was never injured by a paintball gun as had been reported.
Her comments came on the same day Tracy Stewart, wife of the former "Daily Show" host, officially adopted the horse in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
The Stewarts have an animal sanctuary at their New Jersey farm.
Lily was found seemingly abandoned at an auction stable in New Holland, Pennsylvania, in March. Police say she was covered in paint and extremely sore to the touch.
The director of the Lancaster County SPCA in Pennsylvania said she doesn't find Weston credible.