'America’s Most Hated' Casey Anthony may sell her life-story to pay off debts
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In a motion filed last week by the trustee overseeing Casey Anthony's bankruptcy case in federal court in Tampa, Stephen Meininger has asked Judge K. Rodney May for permission to sell the 'exclusive worldwide rights' of Anthony's life story.
In a ruling that caused massive controversy, Anthony, 26, was acquitted of murder in 2011 in the death her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. To date Anthony has never told her side of the story, despite intense media interest in the case.
According to the Daily Mail during a meeting with creditors in her bankruptcy case in Tampa on March 4, Anthony said she was unemployed and hasn't received any money to tell her story.
She said that she is living with friends and that those friends - and strangers who send her gift cards and cash - help her survive.
But now trustee Meininger, through his attorney, said he thinks that her story has cash value and should be auctioned off to the highest bidder. An auction, with bidding, is the 'best way to maximize the value for the Estate and its creditors,' Meininger said.
Meanwhile one New York publisher said on Monday that Anthony's story has the potential to be worth seven figures.
'If she had the goods, and she was really going to spill the beans of what happened, particularly if she's not guilty, that's pretty big,' Eric Kampmann, the owner of Beaufort Books, told the Daily Mail. 'If she knew who the murderer was for example, that would be huge. That would be the biggest news story of the year.'
Kampmann said enough time has passed since Anthony's trial that her story could be marketable.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida in late January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.
Anthony's listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for Jose Baez, her criminal defense lawyer during the trial; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office for investigative fees and costs; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.
The filling also states that she is a defendant in several lawsuits.