Casey Anthony is due to appear in a Florida courtroom today, March 4, after filing for bankruptcy in January. The court appearance will be Casey Anthony’s first public appearance since her July 2011 acquittal for the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida in January, claiming that she was $792,000 in debt and had assets of just $1,000. Court documents show that Anthony is currently unemployed and has no source of income. It had been rumored that the 26-year-old was due to make millions off book deals, movies and TV shows after her acquittal, but to date, no contracts have happened.
Debts listed in Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy filing include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.
The bankruptcy filling also states that she is a defendant in several civil suits, including one brought by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation. Casey Anthony infamously blamed “Zanny the Nanny” for the disappearance of her daughter Caylee, claiming that a woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez was Caylee’s babysitter and that Zenaida had kidnapped Caylee. Today’s court appearance in Tampa will be a meeting with Casey Anthony’s creditors, which is the first step in for a bankruptcy settlement. Creditors are seeking to recover $800,000 in debts.
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