Here's What Michaella McCollum Is Set To Earn From A Book Deal
Michaella McCollum's release from prison is on everyone's lips this week.
It is clear that there is a huge public appetite for her story, so much so that she could be set to make a six-figure sum from a book and movie deal, according to celebrity agent Sonia Harris.
Michaella was released from jail on Friday, almost three years after she was imprisoned for possession of smuggled cocaine.
The Tyrone native, now aged 23, was arrested with her companion Melissa Reid at Lima airport after almost 11 kilos of cocaine, worth an estimated €2 million, was found in their luggage.
According to The Independent, Sonia Harris reckons she could easily make €100,000 from book rights and follow-up promotional interviews.
She said: "It depends where she sells the story, whether it's in the UK or Ireland, but you're easily looking at a six-figure sum for a book deal and all the fall-out afterwards in terms of interviews," she said.
"There is a huge interest in the UK in the story.
"When you looked at the Twitter feed, a lot of UK media organisations were following the story on RTE and that's a huge market over there."
However, Sonia recommends that any profit should be fed back into a drugs rehabilitation programme or a charity.
She continued: "I wouldn't want to see her popping up on something like Loose Women flogging her book. She does have a story to tell and she has told it in her own voice and there's no harm in that.
"She does still have a right to redeem herself now that she has served her time, but she should put any money she makes to good use.
"I would hate to see her profiteering from fame arising from her involvement in a criminal enterprise."
Much like many viewers, Harris felt the interviewer featured in the RTÉ coverage could have taken a tougher line:
"She did do a soft interview and she would probably have benefited from answering a few hard questions.
"That would have been better for her in the long run as she will still have to face those hard questions from the media at some stage."