by: Jane Musgrave Updated:
PALM CITY, Fla.,None - A bidding war is under way between rival groups seeking to be the first to interview accused and famously acquitted accused child killer Casey Anthony. And a Delray Beach attorney is in the thick of it.
Attorney Spencer Kuvin this week fired off a letter to attorneys representing a celebrity-based web site, telling them to back off. If anyone is going to get the exclusive rights to interview Anthony it's going to be his client, Private Elevator Productions, Kuvin said in a cease-and-desist letter to a California attorney who represents thedirty.com.
Shortly after Anthony in July was acquitted by a jury in Orlando of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, his clients offered her $1 million to do an exclusive interview, Kuvin said. Her then attorney, Jose Baez, agreed although the agreement wasn't put in writing, Kuvin said. "They orally agreed and my client thought the deal was done," he said.
thedirty, which is offering $350,000 to Anthony in exchange for an interview, can't muscle in on Private Elevator Productions' deal, he said.
"One of the selling points of the interview is the exclusivity of it," he said. "They're not paying $1 million for her to sit down and talk to anyone and everyone."
He declined to say who is behind Private Elevator Productions other than to say it is "a consortium of well known Hollywood producers." In the summer, when Kuvin threatened to sue Anthony for welshing on the deal, he said one of the principals in Private Elevator Productions was Al Taylor, of Palm Springs, Calif.
Anthony's new attorney, J. Cheney Mason, of Orlando, wasn't immediately available for comment. In August, Baez denied he and Anthony had made any deal for an interview with Private Elevator Productions.