The television channel denies reports alleging they would pay for Anthony’s first interview.
Shortly after she was pronounced not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony was the subject of media speculation that claimed she would soon land seven-figure offers from cable television for her first interview.
NBC was one of the three major networks that were said to be in some sort of bidding war over one of the most controversial interviews in some time.
A rep for the network said in a statement: “NBC News has not and will not be in a bidding war for a Casey Anthony interview. No money has or will be offered, no licensing or other arrangements. If we were to conduct an interview it would be under our standards.”
However, the rep didn’t deny the rumor that they paid for Jose Baez’ suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City last week when negotiations were underway.
The defense attorney met with celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos in the hotel bar to discuss a “big price tag” for the interview.
In addition, sources connected with ABC reveal that there was indeed a bidding war between networks for Anthony’s interview.
The channel now says it won’t offer licensing fees for photos anymore after getting criticized for offering several thousand dollars to one of Anthony Weiner’s sexting friends for compromising photos of the congressman.