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Cassie Sainsbury: Everything we still don't know

THE fiance of accused cocaine smuggler Cassie Sainsbury has been filmed at Los Angeles airport, heading for Australia, as Sainsbury's loved ones grapple with claims by a sex worker that the 22-year-old was working as a prostitute in Sydney ahead of her fateful trip to Bogota.

"She's an amazing person," Scott Broadbridge told Seven News at the airport.

He declined to comment to Nine News in LA about the sex worker allegations, as did Cassie's mother and sister, as they left Bogota.

 

Cassie Sainsbury and her fiancee Scotty Broadbridge.
Cassie Sainsbury and her fiancee Scotty Broadbridge. Facebook

While Scott claims he's standing by her, family back home are demanding answers and the fallout continues following a raft of claims and revelations raised in stories on rival current affairs shows 60 Minutes and Sunday Night last night.

"What we do know for sure is that Cassie Sainsbury told a lot of lies to a lot of people, and that includes her fiance, Scott Broadbridge," Sunday Night reporter Denham Hitchcock told Seven's morning news.

"There have been lots of claims raised since our story last night, and unfortunately none of them are good."

It came as Cassie's lawyers failed in an attempt to secure an injunction to block Sunday Night airing segments of Mr Scott's story, and indicated Cassie's story had changed: she now says she was threatened into becoming a drug mule by an international drug syndicate.

 

Ms Sainsbury leaving the $40 a night downtown hotel shortly before her arrest.
Ms Sainsbury leaving the $40 a night downtown hotel shortly before her arrest. 7 News - Sunrise

Channel Nine's 60 Minutes aired claims Cassie had worked as a prostitute in a Sydney brothel, but Scott told Sunday Night she had told him she was flying around Australia working as a sales representative for a cleaning company.

Her uncle, Neil Sainsbury, who Cassie said had once owned the cleaning company, has categorically rejected the claim.

Meanwhile Channel Nine's Tom Steinfort, who broke the prostitute claims last night, told morning radio many more people had come forward in relation to Cassie's story today.

Scott revealed to Sunday Night the identities of her mystery employers as June and Karen Dolsholts.

"But whether that's their real name … All I know is that's the names that they gave Cassie," he said, adding that he had seen payments they made to her bank accounts.

 

Cassandra Sainsbury during her detention with 5.8 kilos of cocaine at the International Airport the Dorado, in Bogota, Colombia.
Cassandra Sainsbury during her detention with 5.8 kilos of cocaine at the International Airport the Dorado, in Bogota, Colombia. EPA - Col Anti-narcotics Police

Sunday Night was unable to find anyone with those names connected to a cleaning company, or find the names on the electoral roll. But Scott denied his bride-to-be was lying.

Asked if they kept secrets from each other, he said: "No, not at all, we tell each other everything," but later conceded, "I'm getting the suspicion that possibly fake names were given" regarding the cleaning cover story.

"I don't know if the business she worked for set her up or it was directly straight from Colombia but I believe she was, I guess, set up as a drug mule without her knowledge."

 

THE GAPS IN THE STORIES

A combined 2.7 million Australians watched the competing reports about the accused drug mule last night: an average national audience of 1.356 million watching 60 Minutes, and an average 1.303 million watching Sunday Night.

But combined, the broadcasts exposed as many gaps as they did answers.

 

WHO PAID FOR FLIGHTS?

As Scott told Sunday Night that Cassie's bosses were flying her to Sydney for work, 60 Minutes was claiming some of Cassie's working trips to Sydney were paid for on Scott's credit card.

And while both stories made references to her plane ticket being bought in Hong Kong, there were no indications who had bought it.

Additionally, it was not revealed why when in Bogota Cassie was paying for her hotel accommodation two days at a time, although it was suggested by Broadbridge in a series of texts that Cassie was awaiting money in her bank account.

Scott Broadbridge enters El Buen Pastor women’s prison, where Cassie Sainsbury has been detained for more than a month. Picture: James Law/news.com.au
Scott Broadbridge enters El Buen Pastor women’s prison, where Cassie Sainsbury has been detained for more than a month. Picture: James Law/news.com.au


THE RIFTS IN THE FAMILY

Both stories referred to a rift in the family between Scott and Cassie's mother, Lisa Evans, who have not spoken since Cassie's arrest.

Neither Scott nor Ms Sainsbury revealed what had caused that rift.

Cassie's sister, Khala said he had been in contact with Scott, but provided no further details about the contact.

Cassandra Sainsbury's mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala Sainsbury arrive at El Dorado international airport in Bogota, Colombia with the 60 Minutes crew after signing a deal for her story. Picture: Nathan EdwardsSource:News Corp Australia
Cassandra Sainsbury's mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala Sainsbury arrive at El Dorado international airport in Bogota, Colombia with the 60 Minutes crew after signing a deal for her story. Picture: Nathan EdwardsSource:News Corp Australia

And no mention was made of 60 Minutes' reporter Liam Bartlett's revelation last week that Lisa and Cassie also hadn't spoken for four months in the lead-up to Cassie's arrest.

"Cassie's mum and her sister Khala ... they weren't speaking [to each other] for four months before the arrest," Bartlett told 9Honey.

"So they'd had this family feud, and I take it that some of that also included Cassie's fiance Scott. Since she [Cassie] was arrested - I know because I asked her - Lisa has not spoken to Scott."

"Her sister Khala ... has made contact with Scott. Lisa won't say exactly what the issue was when they had the estrangement prior to the arrest, she won't be drawn on that."

Bartlett also told News Corp "Lisa tells us it was just a normal mum and daughter argument.

"She (Evans) won't confirm if it was about Scott.
 

Accused cocaine trafficker Cassie Sainsbury pictured in her former gym in Yorketown on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.
Accused cocaine trafficker Cassie Sainsbury pictured in her former gym in Yorketown on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.

Asked on 60 Minutes if they had suspicions about Scott, Lisa and Khala's answer was "we have suspicions about a few people".

Sunday Night revealed that since her arrest Cassie had not spoken to her father, Stuart, who claimed both Cassie and Scott had been planning a trip to Colombia, and that he told her "don't be stupid".

"Now I thought with the big blow up I had with Cassie over that ... and I saw her again after that ... she said 'we're not going Dad' well, okay, thank you."

Stuart also alluded to a "big blow up" with Cassie over that.

"Now Scott needs to get his story right, don't he, because I'm not sitting around and watching this crap anymore."


THE LEGAL BATTLES

Channel 9 also alluded to a battle between legal teams engaged by Scott and Lisa and Khala.

"Every day Scott will go to the prison to try to get in with his Colombian lawyer, and he's trying to convince Cassie to sign with his lawyer and let him represent her," Bartlett told 9Honey last week.

"And then the next day Lisa and Khala try to get into the prison with their lawyers to try to change her mind and let those lawyers represent Cassie," Bartlett said last week.

This cameagainst a background of Cassie's lawyers attempting to get injunctions to stop broadcast or reporting of Cassie's phone calls with a News Corp reporter (withdrawn), and then with Scott to stop segments of Sunday Night's story being aired.

In their failed Sunday Night injunction, Cassie's lawyers did not try to stop Scott from talking about all aspects of the case, only those segments featuring conversations with Cassie, while she was in prison.

It was here it was revealed Cassie was changing her story from her initial denial of any knowledge of the drugs in her suitcase.

Her lawyers indicated she had fallen victim to an international drug trafficking syndicate, who had threatened her and her families lives if she did not "comply with their demands". They also said she was seeking witness protection.

"If you don't fly, then we will kill your family or you," Cassie's Bogota lawyer, Orlando Herran told 60 Minutes was the threat made to Cassie.

Cassie now faces 20 years in a Colombian prison for allegedly attempting to smuggle 5.8 kilograms of cocaine - concealed in 18 boxes of headphones - out of Bogota airport.

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