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Former FNC Producer Who ‘Helped’ with Kathleen Savio’s Autopsy Responds

steph_2-22.jpgSteph Watts, who was a producer for Fox News’ “On the Record,” has responded via TVNewser to recent media reports of his involvement in the investigation into the death of Drew Peterson‘s third wife, Kathleen Savio.

As we reported Friday, Dr. Michael Baden, the medical examiner who had performed Savio’s autopsy, stated during cross-examination that Watts had assisted him in performing the autopsy.

“During the autopsy, which lasted approximately 3 hours, I took extensive notes and shot video,” Watts writes to TVNewser. “I never had any physical contact with the body of Kathleen Savio, nor participated in ‘performing’ the autopsy in any way.”

Watts insists neither he nor his news organization exerted any influence over the autopsy: “There is no magic wizard behind the FOX News curtain, pulling strings to influence the findings by one of the country’s finest Forensic Pathologists.”

His full response after the jump

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Pathologist: Fox News Producer Helped Perform Autopsy

Baden_2.19.jpgRenowned medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden is a familiar face around the cable news neighborhood. He’s been called upon by countless news shows to give his opinion on whatever murder case they may be covering.

Well today, Baden dropped a bombshell as he testified at a hearing into the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio, the third wife of Drew Peterson.

Baden said a producer for “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” helped him with the autopsy on Savio by taking photos and moving the body. Savio’s body had been exhumed for examination after Peterson was implicated in the disappearance of his fourth wife.

Watts_2.19.jpg“One always needs an assistant during an autopsy and there was no one else available,” Baden said under questioning by Peterson’s attorney.

Meade Cooper, executive producer of “On the Record” tells TVNewser, “The producer that On the Record sent to cover this story was Steph Watts (right) who no longer works for Fox News. To my knowledge, he did not participate in the autopsy – he only filmed the procedure which is what was aired on the show.”

> Earlier on TVNewser: Steph Watts Responds: “I Have Never Had a Nose Job”

“New Face of News ” Fired From ABC

watts_4-9.jpgPage Six reports a Chicago-based Good Morning America producer has been let go after medical expenses for a nose job were found on his corporate credit card.

The producer, Steph Watts, previously worked for FNC’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and Court TV.

On his personal Website, Watts describes himself as “the new face of news coverage.”

Here’s an audio conversation between Watts and Van Susteren about the Drew Peterson case in 2007.

> Update: Watts responds to TVNewser.