News networks are reportedly angling to get the first television interview with Casey Anthony, the woman whose trial for the murder of her two-year old daughter touched off a national media firestorm.
The New York Post reports that network representatives met with Anthony's defense attorney Jose Baez a week after the verdict in early July to negotiate a possible interview with Anthony. Networks are reportedly attempting to gain access to Anthony by offering Baez, whose star has risen considerably with his victorious defense, a position as a legal analyst. Baez stated that Anthony would not be making TV appearances for six to nine months, according to the paper.
Baez denied the reports in a statement on Friday, asserting, "I am not negotiating paid interviews with anyone."
However, the Post reports that Baez has met with Matt Lauer in New York City, where NBC is footing the bill for "steak dinners" and his stay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. An NBC spokesperson confirmed that the network talked to Baez about interviewing Anthony, but specified that a potential interview would only happen "under NBC News standards and conditions -- no payment, and absolutely no job offers for any member of her defense team."
Representatives from ABC and CBS have flat-out said that their networks are not bidding for an interview with Anthony. ABC faced criticism for paying the Anthony family $200,000 to license video and photos in 2010.
The report comes after TV producer Al Taylor claimed to have scored an interview with Casey for $1 million last Tuesday. Taylor announced the alleged deal over the phone on HLN's Dr. Drew, but Baez has since issued a statement saying that neither he nor Anthony have met nor intend to meet with Taylor.
Paradigm, an entertainment talent agency, signed Baez earlier this month, but reportedly unsigned him five hours later because of a negative backlash.