TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) – Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted in the 2008 killing of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, on Monday made her first public appearance since being released from jail 18 months ago, telling a bankruptcy hearing she is unemployed and lives off “unsolicited donations.”
Flanked by a half dozen attorneys, Anthony, 26, wore a white blouse and a black miniskirt as she detailed her financial troubles in a federal court in Tampa, Florida. Anthony testified that she has not accepted any book, TV or movie deals and said she does not own a house or a car.
“I don’t pay rent, I don’t pay utilities. I guess you could say I’m living free or off the kindness” of others, she said.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy in January, claiming she has just over a $1,000 in assets and nearly $800,000 in debt, according to a bankruptcy filing.
“When I need to go somewhere, I take the bus,” she said, adding her friends also buy her food. “I try to contribute when I can.”
According to her bankruptcy petition, Anthony owes one of her lawyers nearly $500,000, along with $220,000 in court-ordered trial costs, investigative expenses and criminal fines plus $69,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
To pay some of her legal expenses, Anthony said she gave