Thursday, May 10, 2001

Walsh gives back part of speaker fee

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted who took part last month in a Kentucky ceremony to honor crime victims, has returned $15,000 of the $20,000 the state paid him for his appearance.

        Mr. Walsh thought a Kentucky corporation “that cared for victims, somebody like your newspaper” was paying his fee, he told the Lexington Herald-Leader in a story published Wednesday.

        The state paid $20,000 for him to participate in a victims' rights rally arranged by Attorney General Ben Chandler's office. The $5,000 difference was paid to one or two of the agencies that book his appearances.

        He said he has never taken fees from victims' groups or state legislatures for speaking to them.


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