In a revelation Tuesday during testimony in the Casey Anthony murder trial, ABC News appears to have compensated a key prosecution witness for an interview, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.
Roy Kronk, who found the body of 3-year-old Caylee Anthony, testified that “ABC News paid him $15,000 in January to license a photo of a snake in exchange for an interview about finding Caylee Anthony’s remains,” the story reports.
Kronk testified: "I was paid for — I was paid for a licensed picture of a snake but I knew there would probably be an interview involved, so … ."
Kronk subsequently appeared on ABC’s "Good Morning America."
He testified that he took the photo of the snake, which distracted him momentarily at the time he found Caylee’s body, but he said the photo did not include images of Caylee.
The story notes: “Typically, news outlets say they do not pay for interviews, but will pay to license photos.”