TAMPA (CBMiami/AP) — Casey Anthony came out of hiding Monday to attend a bankruptcy meeting in a Tampa courtroom.
Dressed all in black, Anthony arrived early with her attorney. Her hair was long and dark and she was carrying a black hat and wearing black heels and stockings. She appeared flustered and hurried and did not address the media following her.
During the proceeding Anthonysaid she doesn’t have any money, doesn’t pay rent or utilities, and she hasn’t received any offers for book, movie or TV deals.
She added that she was unemployed.
“I don’t pay rent. I don’t pay utilities. I guess you could say I’m living free off the kindness of others,” she said.
This was 26-year-old Anthony’s first public appearance since she left jail in July 2011 after serving time for check fraud.
She was acquitted of murder in the death her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.
She said she lives with friends. When asked by a trustee if she bought her own food, Anthony replied, “I try to contribute when I can.”
Speaking calmly in court, Anthony said she was living off money given to her by her former attorney and through unsolicited gift cards and money.
She said 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.
The bankruptcy filing came on the same day that a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter.
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