Aussie fugitive Shaun Davidson wants $3.5M for exclusive interview
Bali escapee Shaun Davidson has demanded millions of dollars for an exclusive interview as he continues to mock authorities on social media.
Davidson has been on the run since June 19 when he escaped the overcrowded Kerobokan prison by tunnelling 15 metres under the building with three other foreign prisoners.
He had only 10 weeks left of a 12-month sentence – charged with using another person’s passport – when he fled the prison, claiming he did it because had no faith in the Australian justice system to deal with him fairly.
There is a warrant out for Davidson’s arrest in Western Australia.
Since his escape, the 33-year-old Perth man has been taunting Balinese and Australian authorities with posts to his public Facebook page.
He has changed his profile picture several times, photoshopping his face over posters for famous escape films The Shawshank Redemption and The Great Escape.
His most recent profile picture is a photo of his face photoshopped over the Gingerbread man.
“Run run as fast as you can you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man,” he wrote on Facebook earlier this month.
Now Davidson is holding out for millions of dollars before agreeing to an interview about his escapades.
“I’m happy to sit tight without an interview,” allegedly wrote to a News Corp reporter Ian Lloyd Neubauer, describing how he’d laughed at an offer of $50,000 from an unnamed media company.
“You’re not the only reporter wanting thus (sic) Holy Grail of media at the moment,” he added.
In a long message sent to the Mr Neubauer yesterday, Davidson said he was too smart to sell his story for less than he thinks it’s worth.
“I’m better off in the future if I don’t do an interview at all and just release it all through diaries and get a write to write a book,” he said.
“In years to come there’s gonna be docos and movie about this s–t.
“I know what this s–t is worth the first year every month adds value after that every year.”
To get around Australian laws about convicted criminals not being allowed to make a profit from cash-for-comment deals related to the crime, Davidson connected Mr Neubauer with someone claiming to be his sister.
The person claiming to be his sister spoke to the News Corp reporter on the app Wickr – a secure app similar to Snapchat which deletes message after they’ve been sent and read – asking for $3.5 million for an interview.
“Exclusive phone interview no restriction $3500000 paid in bitcoin,” the user wrote.
“Every week that goes by the price increases.
“It was 3.5 mil USD not 35.”
The user said Shaun has no plans to return to Bali out of fears police will shoot him on sight.
Celbrity manager Max Markson told News Corp the fugitive will never receive his $3.5 million asking price.
“It’s a good story and worth doing an interview for a domestic media organisation,” Mr Markson said.
“But it’s not a global or worldwide story like that of Oscar Pistorius, whose interview was worth $1.25 million.”
Davidson continues to check-in on Facebook at various places internationally.
In the past week he has checked in at Singapore, Atapupu in Indonesia, and Oistins, Barbados.
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