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article imageCasey Anthony to court: 'I'm living free off others' kindness'

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 4, 2013 in Crime
Tampa - Appearing at a federal bankruptcy hearing in Tampa on Monday, Casey Anthony told creditors that she's broke, doesn’t have a job or a car, saying: "I guess you could say I'm living free off the kindness of others."
Dressed in a white short-sleeve top, a black skirt and black heels, 26-year-old Anthony consulted with her team of attorneys frequently during the 50-minute long hearing, the Washington Post reported.
When she spoke, it was in a calm, matter-of-fact voice, said the Post, answering “yes sir” or “no sir” to the trustee’s questions.
Do you have a book deal?
"No sir," Anthony said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
A movie deal?
"No, sir."
An offer to give someone an interview?
"No, sir."
If she does ink any future deals, my client wants a piece of that pie, said R. Scott Shuker, who is a lawyer for Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.
Fernandez-Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation, saying her reputation was ruined after Anthony told detectives that someone named "Zenaida Gonzalez" or "Zanny the Nanny" kidnapped Caylee. The detectives were investigating the 2008 disappearance of Caylee, who found her dead several months later.
Anthony’s attorney said details offered by Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly showed Anthony wasn’t talking about her.
But Shuker said that his client suffers damages “to this day” because of her alleged link to the case.
At the hearing, Shuker grilled Anthony repeatedly on whether she has been approached to tell her story for a movie, book or TV deal. Anthony insisted that she has not spoken to any agent or media organization, the Orlando Sentinel writes.
That didn't sit well with Shuker. “From the smell test, it didn’t smell right,” he said.
Casey Anthony with legal team  August 2012
Casey Anthony with legal team, August 2012
Screenshot via CBS 5 video
Another frequent topic of discussion was photos: During Monday’s hearing, she said that in 2008 she transferred her interest in about a dozen photos to her criminal attorney, and that he sold those photos to ABC for $200,000. The money helped pay for her defense, she said.
In 2011, Anthony said, she licensed a few more photos of herself to Baez. She said she "was asked to participate in" the photos, but didn't say what they were of, other than that she "posed."
Asked if Baez had sold those photos or planned to, she replied: "I believe he did, yes sir." She said he didn't know how much they sold for, the Orlando Sentinel writes.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in January to have her debt wiped out; claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.
Tampa attorney Jeff Brown, who is not involved in the case, told it would be a clean slate for Anthony.
"It's basically allowing someone to start over. So if she's got credit card debt or specifically if she owes her lawyer money for the work that he did, if he goes ahead and grants her this bankruptcy, she won't have to pay Baez or anybody else," Brown told the station.
Anthony arrived at the courthouse Monday morning in the back of an SUV wearing a wide-brimmed hat. When she emerged from the vehicle, several dozen photographers and reporters swarmed her, ABC news reported. When she left the courthouse, about 10 U.S. Homeland Security officers stood on the steps with guns.
It's the first time Anthony has been forced to come out of hiding since she left an Orange County jail on July 16, 2011, 12 days after she was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. With credit for the nearly three years she spent in jail since August 2008 and good behavior, she had to serve only several days when she was sentenced July 7, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
She was released from jail several days later and disappeared from the spotlight. At the time, she had been vilified online and elsewhere, and her attorneys said threats had been made against her, ABC news stated.
She has lived in hiding ever since.
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