Dungeon dads family to reap windfall from his exclusive tell-all interviewMarch 7th, 2009 - 1:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 7 (ANI): Elisabeth Fritzl, the Austrian woman whose father imprisoned her in a cellar for 24 years and repeatedly raped her, has secured a future for her children after reaching an extraordinary agreement with her dads estate.
The courage of Elisabeth, who resisted multi-million pound offers for interviews and books about her 24 years locked in the cellar prison under the family home in Amstetten, Austria, left her and her family broke after the collapse of the Fritzl familys estate into bankruptcy.
However, now, she has secured her childrens future after her father Josefs legal team and creditors offered her the income from an unprecedented TV interview with him, reports The Daily Express.
Elisabeths hopes of staking a claim on her father’’s estate as compensation for her ordeal were crushed following the announcement last month that he had been declared bankrupt, and liquidators had been called in to carve up his assets.
But in a show of solidarity with the Fritzls victims, officials handling the liquidation and creditors agreed to allow him to carry out a single paid interview - on the condition that all the money goes to Elisabeth and her family.
The interview is scheduled to take place after the trial but a visit to Fritzl’’s house would happen in advance for broadcast rights after the verdict is announced.
His other creditors have agreed not to take any money from the interview, Central European News, has also agreed to waive any fee.
News Editor David Hill said: “If the banks can waive their share then it has to be possible for us as a news agency to also do this for nothing.
“We respect Elisabeth’’s wishes not to be forced to give up her right to privacy - and have the chance to rebuild her life without the need to sell her story to the media. She wants to be able to go out with her children without everybody pointing and knowing who she is.”
“The court has already drawn up documents guaranteeing any money we make from selling this interview will go to Elisabeth and her family, and not a penny of it will go to Josef Fritzl.
Under normal circumstances no respectable media organisation would pay a criminal for their story, especially one like Josef Fritzl, but given the very unusual circumstances here and the fact that every penny will be going directly to the victims as compensation - I”m hoping that we will have a lot of interest,” he added. (ANI)
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