Schapelle 'broken' after a decade behind prison bars
AFTER speculation of multi-million dollar offers and a raid by the Australian Federal Police, Channel 7 aired its exclusive story on Schapelle Corby tonight.
The broadcaster's Sunday Night program aired exclusive footage of Corby's release from prison and of her emotional reunion with friends and family at a luxury villa.
But first reporter Mike Willesee made it clear Channel 7 did not pay Schapelle or her family for the access.
"No money was paid for what you see tonight," Wilesee said.
Footage from inside the vehicle in which Schapelle was bundled revealed her first words as a paroled woman, that she felt like a "crab".
"They just use me," Corby said inside the vehicle, referring to the media throng, which included paparazzi on motorbikes.
"People judge me and say that I'm a really bad person but I say look at this…I don't like to judge but that's just wrong."
But otherwise there were few words from Schapelle herself, with reporter Mike Willesee relaying bits of a conversation he had with her off camera.
There were scenes of her laughing, going for her first swim in the ocean and speaking with her family in Australia via Skype.
Instead her older sister Mercedes did most of the talking, describing Schapelle as "broken" after a decade behind bars.
"A lot of her happiness, her strength, it's not… it's gone," Mercedes said.
"I can't say her strength is gone because she's endured 10 years of that, but I don't know."
Mercedes also disputed claims their late father put the marijuana in Schapelle's body board bag.
She also called claims she and her Indonesia husband were dealing drugs from their Bali surf shop as "rumours".
She also spoke of Schapelle's mental health struggles while in prison, describing her at her lowest point as a "zombie".
"We had to hand feed her for months," Mercedes said.
"She couldn't speak. She was like a zombie walking to and from her room."
But Mercedes seemed hopeful that her sister was still young enough to make a life for herself.
"I'm sure she'll meet a nice man, become a mother," she said.
The show quickly started trending on Twitter, with the Corby family continuing to divide viewers.