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Casey Anthony Has No Book Deal

Mar 4 2013 10:00PM

Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

Does Casey Anthony have a book deal?

"No, sir," the infamous former murder defendant said in Tampa on Monday.

Was she offered a movie deal?

"No, sir."

A deal for a TV show?

"No, sir."

On Monday, Anthony came out of hiding for the first time since she was acquitted in the death of her daughter in 2011. She was to appear at the Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse in Tampa, to answer questions in her recently filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

First, she faced the media: Anthony exited an SUV into a throng of cameras and reporters. She was ushered to the courthouse under the arm of defense attorney Cheney Mason, a coat and hat covering her face as reporters shouted questions, including, "Did you get away with murder?"

Next, she faced trustee Stephen Meininger, who asked several questions trial-watchers have wanted to know ever since the not-guilty verdict almost two years ago.

"Who has been arranging where you live?" Meininger asked.

"Friends and counsel," Anthony replied.

Followed Meininger: "Do you or someone on your behalf pay for you staying there?"

"I don't pay rent, I don't pay utilities so I'm, I guess you could say that I'm living for free, or off the kindness of the people that I'm staying with," Anthony said.

Where does she get food?

"I try to contribute when I can but usually, it's also friends buying food," Anthony said.

During the hearing, Anthony was surrounded by lawyers. Her bankruptcy lawyer, David Schrader, sat to her right. To her left was Charles Greene, her lead civil attorney, who repeatedly interrupted her answers, whispering in her ear. Behind her was Mason, a criminal defense lawyer from her trial.

Jose Baez, Anthony's former lead defense attorney and her largest creditor, did not attend. But he was often a topic of conversation. Anthony said he gave her $3,400.

Twice, she said, Anthony relinquished rights to photos of herself to her former lead lawyer. The first time, in 2008, she said Baez sold the photos to ABC for $200,000, money that was used to fund her defense.

The content and purpose of the second set of photos, given to Baez in September 2011, was less clear. Anthony said those "were pictures I was asked to participate in... I was asked to pose for a couple photographs, but that was the extent of my involvement."

She said she believed Baez sold the photos, but didn't know what he got for them.

Source: (c)2013 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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