Casey Anthony, The Infamous Former Murder Defendant, Testifies She Has No Money …
***ARTICLE BY: Jeff Weinder of The Orlando Sentinel3:20 p.m. EST, March 4, 2013
Does Casey Anthony have a book deal?
“No sir,” the infamous former murder defendant said during a federal bankruptcy hearing in Tampa on Monday.
A movie deal?
An offer to give someone an interview?
Anthony was questioned Monday by a federal bankruptcy trustee, as well as a lawyer for one of her creditors: Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman suing Anthony for bankruptcy.Though the hearing was technically a creditors meeting, only Gonzalez’s lawyer attended. The meeting was held in a training room inside the Tampa federal courthouse.
The room was near-full, and many if not most in attendance were members of the media. Anthony wore an off-white top, a black skirt and shoulder-length hair. Her nails were painted dark.
Surrounded by lawyers, Anthony answered as concisely as possible, revealing little. She said that since her trial, she has been living off of charity. With the exception of her former criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez, she didn’t say whose charity it was.
“I don’t pay rent, I don’t pay utilities,” Anthony said. “I guess you could say I’m living for free or off the kindness” of friends.
She said Baez had given her, directly, about $3,400. Strangers have sent in donations as well, but small ones, often around the holidays, Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene said.
The question of whether Anthony plans to sell her story came up repeatedly, and she vehemently denied any such plan. She even denied having knowledge of offers for her story. That didn’t sit well with Scott Shuker, an attorney for Gonzalez who sparred with Greene after Greene repeatedly interrupted Anthony, seemingly re-directing her answers.
Shuker questioned whether Anthony really had no knowledge of any offer to sell her story. Greene, Shuker noted, has said in interviews that there have been offers.
Another frequent topic of discussion was photos:
Anthony said that in 2008, she licensed fewer than 15 personal photos for Baez to sell, which “he did, to ABC, for $200,000.” Anthony said that money was used for her defense. 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. Anthony arrived at the courthouse Monday morning in the back of an SUV wearing a wide-brimmed hat. She traveled the distance from the vehicle to the courthouse under the arm of Orlando defense attorney, Cheney Mason, a coat and hat covering her face.
….Anthony was required to attend a creditors meeting at the Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse. There, she’ll be questioned by a bankruptcy trustee, and possibly also her creditors, about her financial status. After an ultra-high-profile trial, Anthony was acquitted of all major charges in the death of her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee, in 2011. She has lived in hiding ever since.
This is a developing story. Check back later for updates
SOURCE: ARTICLE BY THE ORLANDO SENTINEL MARCH 4, 2013
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