The family and fiance of Cassandra Sainsbury have been slammed for flying home to Australia just hours after their TV interviews aired, leaving the alleged drug smuggler languishing in a Colombian jail.
‘Cocaine Cassie’s’ mother Lisa Evans, sister Khala Sainsbury and 23-year-old partner Scott Broadbridge flew into Sydney on Tuesday morning after a week in Colombia.
Just 48 hours earlier, Mrs Evans and Khala reportedly pocketed $1 million for a tell-all interview on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes, while Mr Broadbridge spoke exclusively to Channel Seven’s Sunday Night.
But after touching down in Australia the trio came under fire, with social media users slamming them for not remaining by Sainsbury’s side and accusing them of taking a ‘free holiday’ to South America.
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Cassandra Sainsbury’s fiance Scott Broadbridge (pictured) and her family have been slammed on social media for flying home from Colombia while the 22-year-old languishes in a prison cell
‘Cocaine Cassie’s’ mother Lisa Evans (left), sister Khala Sainsbury (right) and her 23-year-old fiance flew into Sydney on Tuesday morning, just 48 hours after their TV interviews with both Channel Nine and Seven aired
But after touching down the trio came under fire, with social media users slamming them for not remaining by Sainsbury’s side and accusing them of taking a ‘free holiday’ to Colombia
Social media users lashed the family and fiance of the 22-year-old for financially profiting off interviews with major TV networks.
‘Come back from earning their million dollars, sickening people,’ one person wrote.
‘Sister hiding her face… after spreading her face all over Channel 9 and 60 Minutes!’ another wrote.
‘Doesn’t look like they are wanting to talk to the media this time – amazing how money talks,’ another commented.
While Mrs Evans and Khala Sainsbury were reportedly paid a six-figure sum for their interview, Channel Seven denied paying Mr Broadbridge for his exclusive chat.
However, a spokesperson for the network did confirm to Daily Mail Australia that they had covered his travel to and from Colombia, and accommodation there.
Social media users lashed the family and fiance of the 22-year-old over the TV deals they financially benefited from
A spokesperson for Channel Seven said Mr Broadbridge wasn’t paid, but did have his travel to and from Colombia, and accommodation, covered for an interview on program Sunday Night
Mr Sainsbury was accompanied by a Virgin Airlines employee after touching down in Sydney before he boarded a flight back home to Adelaide
The rival stations went head-to-head with their interviews, but it was 60 Minutes who narrowly came out on top in the ratings.
Media website Mumbrella reports the flagship Channel Nine program scored 1.356 million viewers nationally, while Sunday Night grabbed an audience of 1.303 million.
Arriving back home on Tuesday morning, the family and fiance of the accused drug mule looked downcast and refused to talk to media waiting at the airport.
Despite not having been in contact since Sainsbury’s arrest, the trio caught the same flight from Los Angeles to Sydney Airport.
But after touching down Mr Broadbridge kept his distance from Sainsbury’s mother and sister, sitting alone as he waited for his connecting flight to Adelaide.
Back in Bogota, Sainsbury has reportedly been moved into an isolated prison cell at the El Buen Pastor prison, where she has resided since her arrest in early April.
Facing threats from fellow inmates attempting to stand over her in the wake of the TV deals signed by her family, she was this week moved into the jail’s secure wing.
Sainsbury was moved from ‘Patio Five’ to a private cell in special security area ‘Patio Seven’, which will see her locked inside her cell from 5pm to 5am daily, the Adelaide Advertiser reports.
Mrs Evans and Khala Sainsbury were paid a reported $1 million for an interview with Channel Nine’s flagship program 60 Minutes
The rival stations went head-to-head with their interviews, but it was 60 Minutes who narrowly came out on top in the ratings with 1.356 million people watching the the family’s tell-all chat
Sainsbury has reportedly been moved into an isolated prison cell at the El Buen Pastor prison, where she has resided since her arrest in early April, after threats from her fellow inmates
According to prisoners inside the Bogota prison, the notoriety the Australian inmate has achieved with the international coverage has led her to become a target.
‘Cassie is in that patio because of the number of threats she’s been receiving,’ one of the inmates said.
‘They had to move her for her own safety, otherwise who knows what would have happened.’
Describing it as one of ‘the best patios’, the inmate the wing holds just 20 prisoners in total, saying it was a far more ‘tranquil’ experience.
Claiming that Sainsbury’s move would have been influenced by Australia’s embassy, the inmate called the move into ‘Patio Seven’ a ‘chain reaction’.
‘The media attention made her a target in the jail, and the number of threats shot up… her family or lawyer probably heard about that, and then the embassy put pressure on the jail to move her,’ the inmate said.
Facing threats from fellow inmates attempting to stand over her in the wake of the TV deals signed by her family, Sainsbury was this week moved into the jail’s secure wing