In her first public appearance since her sensational 2011 murder trial and subsequent acquittal, Casey Anthony told a court that she has fallen on economic hardship, and that she has not been approached to share her story for either a movie, TV or book deal.
Anthony -- who was found innocent of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee -- appeared for a scheduled bankruptcy hearing in Tampa, Florida, on Monday in "a white short-sleeve top, a black skirt and black heels," the Associated Press reports, and was instantly swarmed by reporters and photographers.
During the 50-minute hearing, Anthony said she had no job or car and was subsisting on gift cards and cash donations to get by.
“I guess you could say I’m living free off the kindness” of others, Anthony told the court.
She had filed bankruptcy in January 2013, hoping to wipe out $800,000 in debt, $500,000 of which were legal fees owed to a former lawyer.
A lawyer for Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the sole creditor to show up at the hearing, said his client's reputation was damaged by Anthony's false claims that a woman of that name had kidnapped her daughter.
Grilled about TV and movie deals by the lawyer, Anthony repeatedly insisted that no one approached her for such a deal, nor had she spoken to any agent or media organizations.
“She wants people to just leave her alone,” Anthony's lawyer, Charles Greene, said in January. “She’s had multiple opportunities to do tell-all book deals, to do tell-all interviews for a lot of money. That’s not what she’s trying to do. She wants this over so she can finally have the time to mourn, not only about the loss of her daughter, but the loss of her life.”
The trial has already been dramatized once in Prosecuting Casey Anthony, a 2013 Lifetime movie starring Rob Lowe as Jeff Ashton, the lawyer who failed to convict her.
Based on Ashton's memoir, Anthony saw no remuneration from the movie.