Cassie's family believed to have sold story to 60 Minutes
A DAY after it was revealed she was seeking taxpayer funds to help her get out of a Colombian jail, reports have emerged that Cassie Sainsbury's family has sold her story to a TV network.
Channel Nine program 60 Minutes is believed to have bought an interview with Lisa Evans and Khala Sainsbury, the mother and sister of the accused South Australian drug smuggler, the Daily Telegraph reports.
News of a deal comes as the first photo emerged of the Adelaide woman smiling from inside her prison cell in Bogota, where she has been held for the past month after being caught with nearly 6kg of cocaine in her luggage.
The picture was aired by the TV network last night and a spokesman for the broadcaster told News Corp Australia it was sourced separately to a deal negotiated between Sainsbury's family.
60 Minutes infamously paid disgraced health blogger and cancer faker Belle Gibson $75,000 to tell her story, and in November attracted criticism again when it reportedly won a bidding war with rival Channel 7 to secure an interview with Gable Tostee, who was cleared of the balcony death of his Tinder date.
The picture of Sainsbury, taken yesterday from inside the El Buen Pastor women's prison, shows Sainsbury wearing a floral print dress alongside an unidentified fellow female prisoner who isn't named.
Sainsbury is smiling in the picture and appears to be in good health despite her family's fears for her safety and reports she has been crying every day since her arrest.
Nine News reports that a prison guard source said she is co-operating better with prison guards now and willingly attends prison roll call at 7.30am daily.
She is reportedly being given extra cigarettes and phone calls home. Sainsbury was refusing to leave her jail cell, but Nine News reports she is slowly adjusting to life inside.
A court date has still not been finalised for her, as she awaits her fate.
LAST MOMENTS OF FREEDOM
In the last few days we have seen footage of Sainsbury at El Dorado International Airport before her arrest.
She had already checked in for her flight in the footage and can be seen smiling as she hands over her passport and chats with an immigration officer.
But her smile appears to fade and her body language changes as she is asked by authorities to wait and is then led away.Footage also emerged of Sainsbury preparing to depart Inter Bogota hotel, where she stayed for over a week in the Colombia capital.
The manager of the hotel where she stayed said she stood out because she arrived without a reservation and only paid for her accommodation two days at a time.
"She was a very quiet person. And she is very young. She's like a girl. Very young," said Ingrid Hernandez.
"It claimed my attention that she was so young and on her own.
"If you visit a country like Colombia, you should spend a night drinking in a bar, or going to a restaurant and eat delicious food."
FIANCE: CASSIE ISN'T INVOLVED IN DRUGS
Sainsbury's fiance hopes to travel to Colombia soon to see her
Scott Broadbridge says Sainsbury is finding her situation "extremely stressful".
"She is concerned about the conditions of the jail which are not ideal and it is very difficult for her not knowing anyone in the country," he said.
"I hope to get over there soon and I hope that we are able to prove her innocence.
"Cass is the delight of my life. I know that she is not involved in the drug trade.
"I know that she was not deliberately taking drugs or carrying drugs."
Sainsbury's Australian lawyer Stephen Kenny is exploring the "full details of why she went to Colombia, how she got there and who paid for her ticket."
Mr Kenny said an issue of "some significance" was the name of the cleaning company the woman was said to be working for at the time of her arrest, which is something under investigation.
Sainsbury was detained at El Dorado International Airport on April 12 after 5.8 kilograms of cocaine was allegedly found hidden inside 18 headphone boxes in her suitcase.
Since then she has been held in Bogota's El Buen Pastor women's jail and reportedly told a Colombian lawyer that she was tricked and given the headphones by a man she knew only by Angelo or Tom.
The man offered to buy her the headphones for a cheap price and brought them to her at the airport.